19 Best Types of Fountain Grasses for Containers

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Here are some of the Best Types of Fountain Grasses for Containers that can add a fantastic appeal to your home or garden!

Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a beginner, fountain grasses are easy to care for and provide long-lasting beauty throughout the growing season. Here are the Best Types of Fountain Grasses for Containers.

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Best Types of Fountain Grasses for Containers

1. Hameln

Best Types of Fountain Grasses for Containers

Botanical Name: Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’

USDA Zones: 6-8

This fountain grass is a compact variety that features dense, rounded clumps of dark green foliage. In the late summer, the plant produces fluffy, bottlebrush-like plumes.

2. Little Bunny

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Botanical Name: Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Little Bunny’

USDA Zones: 5-9

This fountain grass is a small and charming variety that is perfect for container gardening. Its tufted mounds of narrow, green leaves form a tidy clump, and in the late summer.

3. Moudry

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Botanical Name: Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Moudry’

USDA Zones: 5-9

Moudry is a fountain grass that is notable for its striking, almost-black, bottlebrush-like blooms that appear in late summer and last through the fall.

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4. Red Head

Botanical Name: Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Red Head’

USDA Zones: 5-9

This fountain grass features large, feathery plumes that are a rich burgundy-red color, making it a showstopper in any container garden.

5. Karley Rose

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Botanical Name: Pennisetum orientale ‘Karley Rose’

USDA Zones: 5-9

This fountain grass features finely textured green foliage that forms a tidy clump. In the late summer, the plant produces airy, rose-colored plumes that dance in the breeze.

6. Shogun

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Botanical Name: Pennisetum orientale ‘Shogun’

USDA Zones: 5-9

Shogun is a stunning variety with deep maroon-colored foliage that stands out in any container garden. In summer, it produces pink feathery plumes.

7. Tall Tails

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Botanical Name: Pennisetum orientale ‘Tall Tails’

USDA Zones: 5-8

This fountain grass is an elegant variety that produces long, arching stems. The foliage is a lush green color and forms a dense clump, making it a great choice for containers.

8. Cherry Sparkler

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Botanical Name: Pennisetum setaceum ‘Cherry Sparkler’

USDA Zones: 9-10

Cherry Sparkler features eye-catching, variegated foliage with stripes of white, pink, and green. In late summer, the plant produces soft, pink-red plumes.

9. Fireworks

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Botanical Name: Pennisetum setaceum ‘Fireworks’

USDA Zones: 9-10

This fountain grass is a dramatic variety with stunning, burgundy-colored foliage that explodes into a burst of vibrant pink, red, and white colors at the end of the summer.

10. Rubrum

Botanical Name: Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’

USDA Zones: 9-10

Rubrum is a striking variety with deep burgundy-colored foliage that forms a dense clump that can reach up to 3 feet tall. It produces fluffy, pinkish-red plumes in late summer.

11. Skyrocket

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Botanical Name: Pennisetum setaceum ‘Skyrocket’

USDA Zones: 9-10

This fountain grass is a vertical grower with narrow, upright foliage. The leaves are a bright green color, and in late summer, the plant produces fluffy, pink-red plumes.

12. Tall, Dark, and Handsome

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Botanical Name: Pennisetum setaceum ‘Tall Dark and Handsome’

USDA Zones: 9-10

Tall, Dark, and Handsome fountain grass is an elegant variety with narrow, dark foliage that forms a dense clump. It produces pink plumes of soft, feathery flowers.

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13. Vertigo

Botanical Name: Pennisetum setaceum ‘Vertigo’

USDA Zones: 9-10

This fountain grass is a unique variety with broad, purple-black foliage. It produces fluffy, burgundy-colored plumes that add a touch of drama to any container garden.

14. Red Button

Botanical Name: Pennisetum thunbergii ‘Red Button’

USDA Zones: 8-11

It features narrow, arching foliage that is a deep burgundy color, providing an excellent contrast to green foliage in container gardens. It also grows pink-white plumes.

15. Cream Falls

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Botanical Name: Pennisetum villosum ‘Cream Falls’

USDA Zones: 9-10

This fountain grass is a low-growing variety with soft, silver-gray foliage. It forms a dense mound up to 18 inches tall. In late summer, it produces fluffy, cream plumes.

16. Burgundy Bunny

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Botanical Name: Pennisetum ‘Burgundy Bunny’

USDA Zones: 5-9

This dwarf fountain grass has narrow, upright foliage that is a deep burgundy color and reaches a height of about 1 foot. It produces fluffy, purplish-pink plumes in late summer.

17. Cassian

Botanical Name: Pennisetum ‘Cassian’

USDA Zones: 5-9

This fountain grass is a compact variety with narrow, upright foliage that is a bright green color and grows up to 2 feet tall.

18. First KnightBest Types of Fountain Grasses for Containers 18

Botanical Name: Pennisetum ‘First Knight’

USDA Zones: 8a-11

First Knight fountain grass is a striking variety with wide, dark purple-black foliage. It produces fluffy, pinkish-purple plumes that stand out against the dark foliage.

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19. Muhly Grass

Botanical Name: Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’

USDA Zones: 9-10

It is a striking ornamental grass with deep purple foliage and long, showy, bottle-brush-like flower spikes. It is a fast-growing evergreen grass that grows up to 3-4 feet tall.

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