Five Profitable Ornamental Grasses for a Backyard Plant Nursery

Fountain Grass is a profitable landscaping plant for a backyard plant nursery

Fountain Grass is a profitable landscaping plant for a backyard plant nursery

You’d like to turn your backyard nursery into a garden of profitable plants. But maybe you’re a little lost on what you should be growing, what could bring you the top profits you’ve always dreamed of. One of the best possibilities is ornamental grasses.

Ornamental grasses are fairly easy to grow and are high in demand. What separates them from regular grasses is their distinctive form or color. They also vary in size, from six-inch tufts, all the way to twenty-foot giants. Plus, they have a lot of uses. Landscapers love them, because they can be used as a ground cover, specimen plants, near ponds and more. Decorators and floral arrangers enjoy using them as cut flowers and everlastings. Cities love them for urban landscaping, because of their tolerance to poor soil and air pollution.

Ornamental grasses simply have a lot of uses. That’s why they’re perfect for you to grow. When deciding on what ornamental grasses to grow, be sure to ask around and find out what landscapers are looking for. If you can grow quality plants at reasonable prices, you could see a lot of business. Be sure to keep in mind your climate and environment when deciding specific varieties to grow.

To get you started, here are five profitable ornamental grasses you could grow right in your backyard plant nursery:

1) Blue Lyme Grass – This is truly the bluest of the blue ornamental grasses. It’s tough and can spread quickly. That’s why it’s a top ornamental grass for erosion control. At top height, it’ll be about 30 inches tall.

2) Fountain Grass – This is one of the most popular ornamental grasses with both growers and landscapers. It can produce mounds of six-inch flower heads. Plus, with the right care it can grow up to five feet tall.

3) Ribbon Grass – This sometimes goes by the nickname, “gardener’s garters.” It spreads like bamboo, and can quickly grow to three feet in height. Best of all, it can tolerate a variety of soil and moisture conditions.

4) Switch Grass – This has been used for years by the Soil Conservation Service as it can provide soil control and cover for wildlife. It frequently grows four to six feet tall.

5) Purple Moor Grass – A breeze can set them in motion, earning them the nickname of “dancing grass.” The tall form of purple moor grass is known as “Windspiel,” and can grow up to six feet tall, with purple flowers arriving in the summer. “Variegata” is the small form, which grows to a height of three feet.

Ornamental grasses can also be grown for drying and dyeing. Switch grass and plume grass are two popular types that are frequently grown for drying. If you’d like to dye your grasses, you could find even more interest in them. It’s quite simple and can lead to big sales at gift shops and craft shops. Try growing these five ornamental grasses in your backyard plant nursery. Sell them as is, or consider drying or dyeing them. Many growers find drying and dyeing are an excellent “value-added” way to turn the season’s surplus into profits. To learn more, read How To Start a Profitable Backyard Plant Nursery.