Grow: Native Grasses Can Beautify Your Garden This Summer

Looking for low-maintenance plants that can feed pollinators, improve soil, look good and grow with no special care? Native grasses have all these benefits and can enhance your garden while adding shelter and food for wildlife. However, deer and rabbits do not usually feed on native grasses.

Plan to visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Grass Collection this summer to see the diversity of native grasses. Many native grasses reach their peak in August and September, but native sedges are the first to flower in the spring. The grasses and sedges are labeled and easy to see if you park just past the maze at the Arboretum. In late spring, the collection is cut back or burned to remove the previous year’s growth, but, in just a few weeks, the new growth is amazing to see.
 
Big and little bluestem, Indian grass and prairie dropseed are all good native grasses to grow in your garden and can be seen in the Arboretum Grass Collection. Pennsylvania sedge, Eastern star sedge, mace sedge and palm sedge are good native sedges that will tolerate shade and also grow in full sun. For more information about the Grass Collection at the Arboretum, visit the website here.