Grasses, Groundcovers, Vines in Frisco, TX

Ornamental grasses are a great, but often under-utilized, group of plants. They adapt well to almost any soil, need little if any fuss or fertilizer, and can often weather the extremes from drought to downpour.

Groundcovers are low growing, low maintenance plants that are a great alternative to spaces where turfgrass (lawn) won’t grow. On a slope, groundcovers provide excellent erosion control. They come in a variety of species including; flowering, evergreen, shade loving, and sun loving.

Vines can screen a patio or home from the hot summer sun or your neighbors! They can also add interest and beauty to an otherwise bland wall or fence. Shades of Green offers many varieties of vines with their own unique traits.

The selections listed below are ones you can typically find at Shades of Green. Please note that this is not a complete or up-to-the-minute list. Availability varies based on the season and current demand. The information below is offered for educational purposes to assist you in selecting the right plants for your needs, and does not mean that we have all these varieties in stock. Please contact us to inquire about current availability.

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Carex flagelliferaCarex 'Toffee Twist'GRASSAvg. 12"-18" High x 18"-24" Wide Space 18" Apart -- Full Sun / Part SUN -- Evergreen Ornamental Grass Dense Clumping Habit -- Mahogany Leaves with Green and Red Hues Great FALL Accent!
TENDER PERENNIALFountain Grass Princess CarolineGRASSAvg. 3' Tall x 4' Wide -- Sun Lover Well-Drianed Soil -- Wide Dramatic Dark Purple Foliage -- Great Accent Plant!
Nolina lindheimeriGrass, BearGRASSAvg. 2'-3' Tall x 2'-3' Wide Space 3' Apart -- FULL SUN / Part SUN -- Tall Yellow Spike Flowers in Summer -- Evergreen Grass Shaggy Clumping Requires Little Attention
Andropogon gerardii 'Lord Snowden'Grass, BIG Bluestem 'Lord SnowdenGRASSAvg. 5'-8' Tall x 6' Wide Space 2' Apart -- Drought Tolerant FULL SUN -- Flower Spikes Emerge Late Summer Deciduous Grass -- A Clumping Grass with Powder-Blue Foliage Fall Color is Bronze to Red and Orange
Muhlenbergia lindheimeriGrass, Big MuhlyGRASSAvg. 4'-5' High x 4'-5' Wide, Space 3' Apart -- Full Sun / Part Shade. Can tolerate moist soils. -- Evergreen Grass Clumping Medium Grass with Fine Wispy Look -- Delicate Upright Blue-ish Green Leaves. White Spikes.
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'Grass, Dwarf Fountain 'Hameln'GRASSAvg. 2' High x 2' Wide Space 2' Apart -- Full Sun / Part SHADE Requires Well-Drained Soil Drought Tolerant -- Abundant Small Whitish Bottlebrush Plooms In Summer -- Deciduous Grass Compact Rounded Grass Great For Mass Plantings
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Little Bunny'Grass, Dwarf Fountain 'Little Bunny'GRASSAvg. 18" High x 12" Wide Space 12" Apart -- Full SUN / Part Shade Needs Well-Drained Soil -- Abundant Small Whitish Bottlebrush Plumes In Summer -- Deciduous Grass Very Small Tight Growing Grass
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Piglet'Grass, Dwarf Fountain 'Piglet'GRASSAvg. 18" High x 18" Wide -- Sun to Part Shade Prefers Moist Well-Drained Soil -- Plumes in Late Summer -- Smaller than 'Hameln' Easy to Grow
Cortaderia selloana 'Pumila'Grass, Dwarf PampasGRASSAvg. 4'-6' Tall x 5'-7' Wide Space 5' Apart -- Full Sun / Part SHADE Any Soil Type is Ok but NOT Tolerant of Cold and Wet Sites -- White Fluffy Plooms in Late Summer to Fall -- Evergreen A Smaller Version of the Larger Pampas Looks Dramatic in Mass Plantings
Festuca ovinia var. glaucaGrass, Fescue 'Elijah Blue'GRASSAvg. 10"-14" High x 10"-14" Wide -- Full Sun / Part SHADE Keep Adequately Watered Needs Loose Well-Drained Soil -- Small Grass with Blue-ish Green Foliage -- Semi-Evergreen Grass May Die Back in Hot, Dry Weather
Pennisetum purpureum 'Princess'Grass, Fountain, 'Princess'GRASSAvg. 2'-3' Tall x 3' Wide Space 3' Apart -- Full Sun / Part SHADE Needs Loose Well-Drained Soil -- Ornamental Deciduous Grass Purple Color Intensifies in Heat -- Blooms in Late Summer/Early Fall Stately Accent Plant!
ANNUALGrass, Fountain, Red Bunny TailsGRASSAvg. 24" High x 18" Wide -- Heat Tolerant Moist Well-Drained Soil Best -- Small Reddish Plumes Look Like Bunny Tails! --
Muhlenbergia capillariesGrass, Gulf MuhlyGRASSAvg. 3'-4' High x 2'-3' Wide, Space 2' Apart -- Full Sun / Part SHADE Can tolerate moist or dry soils -- Deciduous Grass. Clumping. Medium grass with a very fine wispy look. -- Looks like a purple cloud in the fall when in bloom!
Chasmanthium latifoliumGrass, Inland Sea OatsGRASSAvg. 2' High x Spreading Wide Space 2' Apart -- Part SHADE Best in Rich, Fertile Soil -- A.K.A. Northern Sea Oats Decidious Grass -- Flat flowers look like oats dangling from slender stems. "Oats" turn Copper in Fall
Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'Grass, Japanese SilverGRASSAvg. 5'-6' Tall x 5'-6' Wide Space 5' Apart -- Full Sun / Part Shade Moist Well-Drained Soil Best -- Loose Red Tinged Silver Plumes in Early Fall Broad White Stripes on Blades -- Deciduous Clumping Habit
Cymbopogon citratusGrass, LemonGRASSAvg. 2'-3' Tall x 2' Wide -- Full Sun Moist Soil Best -- Foliage is Strongly Lemon Scented -- Upright Slightly Arching Clumps Accent Grass TENDER PERENNIAL
Schizachyrium scopariumGrass, Little BluestemGRASSAvg. 2'-3' High x 2'-3' Wide, Space 2' Apart -- Full Sun. For Any Soil Type. -- Deciduous Grass. 4'-5' Flower Spikes Emerge Late Summer. -- Clumping Grass with Blueish Green Foliage. Fall Color is Bronze to Flaming Orange
Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'Grass, MaidenGRASSAvg. 5'-6' Tall x 5' Wide Space 5' Apart -- Full Sun / Part SHADE Requires Well-Drained Soil Drought Tolerant -- Deciduous Grass Loose Pinkish-Bronze Plumes in Summer -- Large Upright Clumping Grass Needs Plenty of Space
Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'Grass, Maiden, 'Adagio' DwarfGRASSAvg. 3'-4' Tall x 4'-5' Wide Space 3' Apart -- Full Sun / Part SHADE Requires Well-Drained Soil Drought Tolerant -- Deciduous Grass Loose Pink-ish Bronze Plumes in Summer -- Loose Clumping Habit Fast Growing
Miscanthus sinensis ' Little Zebra'Grass, Maiden, 'Little Zebra'GRASSAvg. 3'-4' Tall x 3'-4' Wide Space 4' Apart -- Full Sun / Part SUN Needs Well-Drained Soil -- Horizontal Banding on Leaves Blooms in August -- Deciduous Grass Good Vase Shape Structure
Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'Grass, Maiden, 'Zebra'GRASSAvg. 6'-7' Tall x 6'-7' Wide Space 6' Apart -- Full Sun / Part SHADE Moist Well-Drained Soil Best -- Horizontal Banding on Leaves -- Deciduous Grass Great For Mass Plantings
Nassella tenuissima (Stipa tenuissima)Grass, Mexican FeatherGRASSAvg. 2' High x 2' Wide Space 2' Apart -- Full Sun / Part SHADE. Must have Well-Drained Soil. -- Deciduous Grass. Clumping. Spreads by seed. -- Smaller grass with a very fine, wispy look. Delicate Whitish Flowers appear in Summer.
Cortaderia selloanaGrass, PampasGRASSAvg. 10'-12' Tall x 10'-12' Wide Space 8'-10' Apart -- Full Sun / Part SHADE Any Soil Type is Ok but NOT Tolerant of Cold and Wet Sites -- White Fluffy Plooms in Late Summer to Fall -- Evergreen Large and Dramatic Good in Mass Plantings or as a Screen
Cortaderia selloana 'Rosea'Grass, Pink PampasGRASSAvg. 8'-10' Tall x 6'-8' Wide Space 8'-10' Apart -- Full Sun Prefers Fertile Well-Drained Soils -- Large Sand-Pink Plumes Gorgeous Ornamental Grass -- Great As A Screen Dramatic in Large Areas
Melinus nerviglumisGrass, Ruby, 'Pink Champagne'GRASSAvg. 18" High x 12" Wide Space 12" Apart -- Water Regularly in Well-Drained Soil. Cold-Hardy to 20? F -- ANNUAL -- -- Long Soft Pinkish Plumes in Late Summer Looks Great In The Setting Sun!
Eragrostis tef 'Ruby Silk'Grass, Ruby, Silk LoveGRASSAvg. 18" Tall x 18" Wide -- Full Sun Well-Drained Soil -- Long Burgundy Seed Heads Gracefully Drape Over Upright Foliage -- Unique Texture in Late Summer Garden
Muhlenbergia reverchoniiGrass, Seep MuhlyGRASSAvg. 2' High x 2' Wide Space 2' Apart -- Full Sun / Part Shade. Can tolerate moist conditions. -- Evergreen Grass. Fast Growing. Low Bunch Grass -- Straw and Mauve Fine Texture Seed Head. Native to Limestone, TX
Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' PP22049Grass, Sideoats Grama, 'Blonde Ambition'GRASSAvg. 12"-30" Tall 24"-30" Wide Space 16" Apart -- Full Sun / Part SHADE Requires Well-Drained Soil Extremely Drought Tolerant -- Deciduous Native Prairie Grass -- Distinctive Chartreuse Flowers Mature to Blonde Seed Heads
Nolina texanaGrass, Texas BearGRASSAvg. 1'-2' Tall x 2'-3' Wide Space 3' Apart -- Part SUN / Part Shade -- Tall Cream Flower Clusters in Summer -- Wirey Evergreen Grass-Like Foliage Shaggy Clumping Requires Little Attention
Eragrostis curvulaGrass, Weeping LoveGRASSAvg. 3'-4' Tall x 15" Wide (Lays Down) Space 18"-24" Apart -- Full Sun / Part Sun -- Large Bunch Grass Often Used For Erosion Control -- Flowers are Insignificant Will Re-Seed if Soil is Wet and Fertile
ANNUALPURPLE FOUNTAIN GRASSGRASSAvg. 36"-48" Tall x 24"-36" Wide -- Sun Lover -- Great Accent Plant in Pots or in the Garden --
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'Reed Grass 'Karl Foerster'GRASSAvg. 3'-5' Tall x 1'-2' Wide -- Full Sun to Part Sun Moist Well-Drained Soils -- Red-Bronze Flower Spikes Turn to Golden Buff -- Slender Upright Ornamental Grass
Pennisetum setaceum 'Sky Rocket' P.P. #21,497Sky Rocket Fountain GrassGRASSAvg. 36"-48" Tall x 24"-36" Wide -- Sun Lover -- Great Accent Plant in Pots or in the Garden --
Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Sky'Switchgrass 'Prairie Sky'GRASSAvg. 3'-6' Tall x 2'-3' Wide -- Full Sun to Part Shade Drought Tolerant Prefers Moist Well-Drained -- Ornamental Grass with Stiffly Upright, Powdery Blue Leaf Blades -- Dark Red Finely Textures Flower Panicles in Mid Summer
Dasylirion wheeleriWheeler SotolGRASSAvg. 5' High x 6' Wide Space 6' Apart -- FULL SUN Must Have Well-Drained Soil -- Evergreen Accent. Tall Dramatic Cream Flower Spike Late Spring through Summer -- Dense rosette forming plant with slender blue/green leaves. Very Drought & Heat Tolerant
Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop'Ajuga 'Black Scallop'GROUNDCOVERAvg. 6" High x 12" Wide -- Thrives in Shade -- Dramatic Groundcover -- Spiky Blue Flowers Spring to Early Summer Above Shiny Black Foliage
Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant'Ajuga 'Catlin's Giant'GROUNDCOVERAvg. 3" High x 3' Wide -- Morning Sun / Shade Well-Drained Soil -- Low Growing Groundcover -- Blue Flowers Spring and Early Summer
Ajuga hybrid (x tenorii) 'Chocolate Chip'Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip'GROUNDCOVERAvg. 3"-6" High Space 9" Apart -- Shade / Part Shade Adapts to Dry or Moist Soils -- Cute Miniature Rounded Leaves with Spikey Flowers -- Exellent for Small Spaces
Trachelospermum asiaticumAsian JasmineGROUNDCOVERAvg. 8"-10" High x Spreading Space 1' Apart -- SUN / SHADE -- Evergreen and Drought Tolerant -- Spreading -- Needs Occassional Trimming
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Summer Sunset'Asian Jasmine 'Summer Sunset'GROUNDCOVERAvg. 4"-6" High x 3'-4' Wide -- Full Sun / Part SHADE -- Unusual Groundcover New Leaves are Red Turning Creamy Yellow With Age -- Frequent Pruning Keeps Plant Full and Lush Less Aggressive Than Standard Asian Jasmine
Bergenia cordifoliaBergeniaGROUNDCOVER12" High x 12" Wide -- Part Shade/Shade, even moisture -- Pink flower spring -- Shady naturalizing groundcover
Chamomile 'Susanna Mitchell'GROUNDCOVER -- Full Sun / Part Shade -- Small Creamy White Daisy in Spring -- Low Growing Evergreen Groundcover
Cyperus diffususCyperus Dwarf Umbrella GrassGROUNDCOVERAvg. 8" High x 12" Wide -- Part Shade / Sun -- Spreading Groundcover Has Spikey Flowers in Full Sun -- Moisture Loving Can Be An Aquatic Plant
Cyperus alternifoliusCyperus Umbrella GrassGROUNDCOVERAvg. 3'-5' High x Spreading Space 3'-4' Apart -- Part Shade / Sun -- Spreading Groundcover Has Spikey Flowers in Full Sun -- Moisture Loving Can Be An Aquatic Plant
Wedelia trilobataDaisy, CreepingGROUNDCOVER18" groundcover -- Sun/Part Shade -- Bright yellow flowers on groundcover -- Long blooming season
Phyla nodifloraFrogfruitGROUNDCOVERAvg. 5"-6" High x Spreading Space 12" Apart -- Full Sun / Part Shade Very Drought Tolerant -- Small White Flowers Spring to Fall -- An Excellent Groundcover Prune to Encourage Denser Growth
Hedera helixIvy, EnglishGROUNDCOVERAvg. 6" High x Spreading Space 1' Apart -- PART SHADE / SHADE -- Evergreen Groundcover Spreading -- Needs Occassional Trimming -- Will Climb Walls with Tendrils
Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'Liriope, Big BlueGROUNDCOVERAvg. 1' High x 1' Wide Space 1' Apart -- Full Sun / Shade Any Soil Conditions Tolerated -- Pale Lavender Flower Spikes in Late Summer -- Evergreen and Spreading Cut Back in Late February and Fertilize for New Growth
Liriope muscari 'Gigantea'Liriope, GiantGROUNDCOVERAvg. 2' High x 2' Wide Space 2' Apart -- Full Sun / Shade Any Soil Conditions Tolerated -- Pale Lavender Flower Spikes Late Summer -- Evergreen & Drought Tolerant Does Not Spread Like Other Liriopes Fertilize in Spring for New Growth
Liriope muscari 'Silver Dragon'Liriope, Silver DragonGROUNDCOVERAvg. 10" High x 14" Wide -- Full Sun / Shade Any Soil Conditions Tolerated -- Pale Lavender Flower Spikes in Summer -- Evergreen and Spreading Cut Back in Late February and Fertilize for New Growth
Liriope muscari 'Variegata'Liriope, VariegatedGROUNDCOVERAvg. 1' High x 1' Wide Space 1' Apart -- Full Sun / Shade Any Soil Conditions Tolerated -- Dark Lavender Flower Spikes Late Summer -- Evergreen & Drought Tolerant Spreads in Any Soil Cut to ground in Late February and Fertilize for New Growth
Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana'Mondo Grass, DwarfGROUNDCOVERAvg. 3" High x Slowly Spreading -- PART SHADE / SHADE Needs Well-Drained Soil -- Evergreen and Drought Tolerant -- Spreading Don't Cut Back!
Ophiopogon japonicusMondo Grass, StandardGROUNDCOVERAvg. 12" High x Spreading Space 12" Apart -- Part Sun / Full Shade -- Evergreen and Spreading Cut Back in February -- No Blooms -- Just Dark Green Year-Round
Setcreasea pallidaPurple HeartGROUNDCOVER12" groundcover -- Sun/Part Shade -- Insignificant pink flowers -- Striking purple foliage
Euonymous coloratusPurple Winter CreeperGROUNDCOVERAvg. 12"-18" High x Spreading Space 1' Apart -- SUN / SHADE -- Reddish/Purple Winter Color Green in Summer -- Evergreen & Drought Tolerant Spreading Needs Occasional Trimming
Vinca major 'Varigated'Vinca Major VarigatedGROUNDCOVERAvg. 6" High x Spreading Space 1' Apart -- Part Shade / SHADE -- Small Blue-Lavender Flowers Early Spring -- Evergreen Groundcover
Vinca minorVinca MinorGROUNDCOVERAvg. 12"-18" High x Spreading Space 1' Apart -- PART SUN / SHADE Drought Tolerant -- Evergreen Spreading Groundcover -- Can Trim To Ground in Late February
Vinca minor 'Bowles'Vinca Minor 'Bowles'GROUNDCOVERAvg. 6" High x Spreading Space 1' Apart -- Part Shade / SHADE -- Evergreen Spreading Groundcover Small Blue-Lavender Flowers in Early Spring -- Needs Consistent Moisture. NOT Drought Tolerant!
Gelsemium sempervirensCarolina JessamineVINEClimbing to 20' Tall Space 5' Apart -- Full Sun / Part SHADE Requires WELL-Drained Soil with Adequate Moisture -- Evergreen Twining Vine Needs Support -- Yellow Fragrant Flowers in Spring Profuse Bloomer
Gelsemium sempervirensCarolina JessamineVINEClimbing to 20' Tall Space 5' Apart -- Full Sun / Part SHADE Requires WELL-Drained Soil with Adequate Moisture -- Evergreen Twining Vine Needs Support -- Yellow Fragrant Flowers in Spring Profuse Bloomer
Clematis spp.Clematis 'Sweet Autumn'VINEClimbing to 30' Tall Space 10' Apart -- Full Sun / Part SHADE Very Tolerant of Many Conditions -- Deciduous Climbing Vine Fast Growing by Tendrils Needs Support -- White Fragrant Flowers in Fall Profuse Bloomer!
Bignonia capreolataCrossvine 'Dragon Lady'VINEClimbing 30' Space 6' Apart -- Full Sun / Part SHADE -- Large Red-ish Blossoms Late Spring to Summer Red-ish Fall and Winter Color -- Evergreen Fast Growing Vine Attaches by Tendrils
Bignonia capreolataCrossvine 'Shalimar Red'VINEClimbing to 30' Tall Space 6' Apart -- Full Sun / Part SHADE -- Evergreen Climbing Vine Fast Growing by Tendrils -- Large Orange-Red Blooms Late Spring - Summer Reddish Fall Color
Bignonia capreolataCrossvine 'Tangerine Beauty'VINEClimbing to 30' Tall Space 6' Apart -- Full Sun / Part SHADE -- Evergreen Climbing Vine Fast Growing by Tendrils -- Large Orange Blooms with Yellow Centers Late Spring - Summer Reddish Fall Color
ANNUALCYPRESS VINEVINE -- Full Sun / Part Shade -- Fast Growing Summer Vine --
Lonicera sempervirensHoneysuckle, CoralVINEClimbing to 15' Tall Space 5' Apart -- Full Sun / Part SHADE Drought Tolerant Well-Drained Soil Best -- Semi-Evergreen Twining Vine Fast Growing, Needs Support -- Coral Red Flowers in Summer Long Blooming Great Butterfly / Hummingbird Plant
Parthenocissus tricuspidata vietchiiIvy, BostonVINEClimbing to 50' High Space 5' Apart -- Full Sun / Part SHADE Adequate Moisture -- Deciduous Vine Fast Growing Large Dense Leaves -- Red/Purple Fall Color Climbs Easily
Parthenocissus tricuspidata vietchiiIvy, BostonVINEClimbing to 50' High Space 5' Apart -- Full Sun / Part SHADE Adequate Moisture -- Deciduous Vine Fast Growing Large Dense Leaves -- Red/Purple Fall Color Climbs Easily
Ficus pumilaIvy, FigVINEAvg. 10'-15' Climber Space 5' Apart -- Full Sun / Part SHADE -- Evergreen Vine Slow Growing and Dense -- Forms a Green Carpet on Many Surfaces Without Support
Hedera colchicaIvy, PersianVINEAvg. 6" High x Spreading Space 1' Apart -- Part Shade / SHADE Needs Even Moisture -- Large Leaf Ivy Groundcover -- Evergreen
Passiflora vitifoliaPassion Flower, CrimsonVINEClimbing to 15'-20' Tall Space 15' Apart -- Full Sun Prefers Moist Well-Drained Soil -- Exotic Crimson Blooms in Summer Fast Growing -- Marginal Cold Hardiness Plant in Protected Area
Rosa banksiae 'Lutea'Rose, Lady BanksVINEAvg. 15'-20' Long Vines -- SUN / Part SUN -- Small Double Yellow Fragrant Blooms -- Vigorous Climbing Vine Rose Needs Support
Campsis x 'Madame Galen'Trumpet Vine 'Madame Galen'VINEAvg. 30' Tall Space 6' Apart -- Full Sun / Part Shade -- Large Orange Trumpet Blooms All Summer -- Fast Growing, Deciduous Vine Attaches by Twining Prune to Ground Each Winter to Control
Campsis x 'Madame Rosey'Trumpet Vine 'Madame Rosey'VINEAvg. 30' Tall Space 6' Apart -- Full Sun / Part Shade -- Large Rosey-Red Trumpet Blooms All Summer -- Fast Growing, Deciduous Vine Attaches by Twining Prune to Ground Each Winter to Control
Campsis x 'Madame Rosey'Trumpet Vine 'Madame Rosey'VINEAvg. 30' Tall Space 6' Apart -- Full Sun / Part Shade -- Large Rosey-Red Trumpet Blooms All Summer -- Fast Growing, Deciduous Vine Attaches by Twining Prune to Ground Each Winter to Control
Millettia reticulataWisteria, EvergreenVINEAvg. 18' Tall Space 4' Apart -- FULL SUN / PART SHADE Needs Even Moisture -- Reddish/Purple Fragrant Pea-Shaped Blooms Summer to Fall -- Evergreen / Semi-Vine Twining Climber
Mascagnia macropteraYellow Butterfly VineVINEClimbing to 10'-12' High x 10'-15' Wide -- Full Sun / Part Shade Heat Loving Drought Tolerant Once Established -- Brilliant Yellow Flowers Spring to Fall -- Fast Growing Vine -- Needs Support May Need Winter Protection