5 Cool New Midwest Plants
'Fireworks' variegated fountaingrass (Pennisetum setaceum) from Proven Winners is a showy grass (24-30 inches high) with green, white and pink stripes. Lori Yanny, horticulturist at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, gives it rave reviews. "I've never seen anything like this," Lori says. "The pink stays so bright all summer long." It's a warm-season grass, so treat it as an annual. It won't survive outside in the wintertime.