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Grass and Bamboo: Suggestions for grasses that would do well in shady setting.

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Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

April 8, 2007
12:26 PM

Post #3368495

I'm helping a friend with her back yard (Z5) she would like to plant some tall grasses. I have very little knowledge of grasses, since my thought is they need sun. The only grass I could think of is Hakonechloa and that's a short one. Are there others that are tolerant of shade?

Great South Bay, Lon, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 8, 2007
1:45 PM

Post #3368735

Chasmanthium latifolium is about the tallest grass which will grow in shade in zone 5. It'll hit 4'+ to the seedheads as long as it has moist soil. It's sometimes called Northern Sea Oats, or Wild Oats. It'a a very nice bamboo-looking plant.

If it's less than full shade, like light shade or part shade, there are lots of other choices. Take a look at the comparative chart at Bluestem.
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

April 8, 2007
5:51 PM

Post #3369332

Donn, Thanks that is an excellent chart.
I would say the area she is looking at is part shade.

Some how I posted a duplicate thread, which I had the administrations of DG remove, I am sorry for the confusion and to those who posted to the other thread. If I remember correctly they were in agreement about the suggested grass.


This message was edited Apr 8, 2007 7:23 PM

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