As much as I love color in the garden, I also love the foliage of ornamental grasses.
Miscanthus sinesis ‘Little Zebra’ has been a great accent grass for the side of my garage.
This area was hard to mow from day one and always had that lonely, sad, make me pretty sort of look.
Now a bird feeder, toad house, and ‘Little Zebra’ has given this wall new life.
Miscanthus sinesis is a perennial in zones 5-9.
It will get anywhere from 3-4′ tall and will spread 2-3′. In mid summer and early fall, it sends up stalks about 2 ft. tall.
It is called zebra grass because the foliage has alternating light and dark green stripes on each blade.
In the winter, it will turn brown and make a soothing, rustling sound in a light breeze.
Around late February to early March, I cut back the brown leaves and the process starts again.
It does love a sunny spot in the garden but will tolerate part shade. In my location (zone 7), it receives full sun until mid afternoon and then it is in full shade.
‘Little Zebra’ has been pretty low maintenance for me. This particular grass is happy in a variety of soils from sandy to heavy clay (I am more clay and rock) but the bed does slope some and keeps it well-drained. I’ve also read it should be kept moist but I have found that after it is established, it can be very forgiving in dry soil. This particular grass has not been invasive for me, but check about different species as they can become a nuisance.
Also, another big plus for ornamental grasses is they are usually not bothered by disease or pests which makes this a hands down winner in my book.