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Showstopping Ornamental Grasses

Many gardeners use ornamental grasses for their easy maintenance, but new varieties are more than just workhorses—they make a showstopping visual statement!

Many cultivars of fountain grass, including 'Princess Caroline', have wide, deep burgundy leaves that make a bold statement in the garden. If bright colors are your thing, try a cultivar like 'Fireworks' with pink and magenta variegated leaves.

Several types of ornamental millet provide both striking foliage and dramatic flower spikes.

Other grasses offer garden drama when planted en masse. Muhly grass blooms create a cloud of pink each fall that you can't miss, even while driving by at 70 mph.

If you're trying to find the next garden plant to stop you in your tracks, you can't help but look at these show stoppers!

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