Ornamental grasses are tough, resilient plantss and some seem to actually prefer our difficult climate! Of course, not all grasses are hardy in zone 5, but the ones that we grow are indeed hardy - we've tested them here! Full sun is usually necessary for peak performance, but some varieties will tolerate light shade - the hakonechloas actually prefer shade. Grasses are not particularly fussy about soil, but we advise that proper soil preparation is necessary for any pant to achieve it's maximum potential. Regular watering when they are young is obviously important, but after they are established, most are fairly drought tolerant. Fertilization (use 5-10-5) should be done annually.
These are beautiful, non-demanding plants with few insect or disease problems. The only regular maintenance is the necessity of cutting back dead foliage in late March, to make way for the new season’s growth. This is the best time to fertilize, as well.
You will find an ornamental grass to suit all but the most extreme garden sites - hot, cold, sunny, shady, wet or dry - all gardens welcome them!