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Pampas grass

Cortaderia selloana

It's a testament to the beauty of pampasgrass that something so invasive is still planted so widely. It's tall and produces spectacular 10-foot plumes in late summer. When backlit by the sun, few plants are more lovely.

To be its most showy, pampasgrass needs full sun. Give it plenty of room to grow. It will stay somewhat in check in a lawn if you are mowing regularly around it. It will spread invasively in a flower bed, so try planting it in an old plastic garbage can with the bottom third cut off and buried so just the lip protrudes an inch or two above the ground. Do not plant in wild or naturalized area because it is likely to completely take over.





From 3 to 20 feet


4-8 feet wide

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more varieties for Pampas grass
Dwarf pampasgrass

Dwarf pampasgrass

Cortaderia selloana 'Pumila' is a compact form of the species, growing to only 5 feet tall. It also has large feathery seed plumes.

plant Pampas grass with
Joe Pye weed

Joe Pye weed is a showstopper of a prairie native, producing huge, puffy flower heads in late summer. It prefers moist soils, but with its extensive root system, it also tolerates drought well. It is a large plant, growing 4 to 6 feet tall.Closely related, hardy ageratum is a spreading plant that grows to only 2 feet tall. Another relative, white snakeroot, reaches 4 to 5 feet tall. All are great for naturalistic or cottage plantings and for attracting butterflies.

Russian sage

With its tall wispy wands of lavender or blue flowers and silvery foliage, Russian sage is an important player in summer and fall gardens. It shows off well against most flowers and provides an elegant look to flower borders. The aromatic leaves are oblong, deeply cut along the edges. Foot-long panicles of flowers bloom for many weeks. Excellent drainage and full sun are ideal, although very light shade is tolerated. Plant close to avoid staking since the tall plants tend to flop.


It's time to debunk a garden myth: Goldenrod does not aggravate allergies! The pollen is too heavy to fly in the wind and instead sticks to the legs of the insects and butterflies that feed on its nectar.It's one of the most glorious flowers of late summer and early autumn, with the wild type blanketing ditches and other open, moist sunny places. In your own garden, choose the hybridized types that are shorter, longer-blooming, and don't spread out of control. Divide or take cuttings of these to increase your supply; seed will not come true.

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