Best Ornamental Grasses for Midwest Gardens
Northern sea oats
This fast-spreading species is loved for its seed heads, which hang off the stems and look like bronze-color wind chimes, which are attractive in fresh or dried arrangements. Leave the plants standing in winter if you like. But cut off the seed heads in fall to keep this prolific self-seeder tamed.
Size: 3 feet tall, 2 feet wide
Conditions: full to partial sun, well-drained soil
Best for: lovely seed heads in fall