There are a number of ornamental grass species, and even a few turfgrass species (lawn grasses), that are water-wise and can add an interesting dimension to a landscape. Grasses, both ornamental and turf, come in two types: cool-season and warm-season. Knowing which type you have will guide your watering and maintenance practices.

As you may have guessed by the name, cool-season grasses prefer cooler weather and do not like the heat. Warm-season grasses perform best in hot weather but may go dormant if it gets too cold. If you are interested in a lawn, we recommend warm-season turfgrasses. They use greater than 20% less water than our most-prevalent cool-season turfgrass, tall fescue. The disadvantage is that they can go dormant if it gets very cold. However, most warm-season turfgrasses grow laterally, which means they have the ability to fill in after being damaged by kids, pets, or wild parties.

Here are some of our favorite ornamental grasses...