Want Some Grass ? Try This One….
Okay, you were probably thinking that I meant the ‘other’ type of grass. But the type of grass I am referring to cannot be smoked, (at least I don’t think it can). ‘Regal Mist’ (Muhlenbergia capillaris ‘Regal Mist’), is a beautiful ornamental grass to include in your landscape. It is low-maintenance, thrives almost anywhere and has stunning burgundy foliage in late summer and early fall.
USES: This Texas native looks best when planted in groups of at least 3, but I think groups of 5 or 7 are better. This ornamental grass grows to approximately 3 ft. High and wide. However, when flowering, add 1 – 2 ft. to their total height. They can be planted in full sun, areas with reflected heat and even in areas with partial shade.
This ornamental grass is tolerant of most soils. Regal Mist is a great choice for planting around pools, boulders and in front of walls. I have planted them around golf courses, and many people would ask me, “What is that plant? It is beautiful.” It is evergreen in areas with mild winters, but it is hardy to -10 degrees F (Zone 6). Frost will turn them light tan in color.
Regal Mist when not in flower
MAINTENANCE: You can hardly get more low-maintenance then this – prune back severely in the winter, almost to the ground, to remove old foliage and spent flowers. I do not fertilize Regal Mist, and they look just great. Although drought tolerant once established, supplemental water is necessary for them is needed for them to look their best and to flower. Self-seeding is not usually a problem when they are irrigated with drip-irrigation.
So, for those of you who are frequently asking me for a beautiful, low-maintenance plant – this is it. Include a few in your garden, and I promise you will have people asking you, “What is that beautiful grass?”
I would love to try this grass, but it is not hardy enough for me. I guess it needs AZ winter temps. I am amazed at the variety of grasses there are available to grow now. This Regal Mist is simply amazing, glad you shared info about it.
Wow! I just love that burgundy coloured grass :o)
Yes, I recognize that grass. I can't believe it wouldn't be hardy enough for Rosey, tho. It is grown on the side of the highways here.
Another is the pink muhley. It is gorgeous.
Have you ever grown buffalo grass, Noelle?
This looks quite stunning. I've not come across it in the UK but then I haven't been looking for it either! I shall certainly try it out and see how it copes with our sometimes cold but always damp winters – not very well, I expect.
I actually thought the Regil Mist was a bush when I saw the picture, it's so big and pretty. I don't have much space but I found some smaller grasses that work well. Like you said low maintenance is good.
Love the muhly. I added a small 4" pot to my sun deprived garden here in Tennessee and that muhly is blooming! Blooming nicely too though it is small. I think the big groups and single plantings look best like you do.
I was wondering what AZPlantLady stands for and now I know-Arizona! You have a fine blog that covers a niche area of gardening. I've been to the desert a few times and I tell you I don't know how desert gardeners can make the gardens so beautiful but they are really quite lovely when planned properly. I'd probably never get it though having lived in areas where rainfall is plentiful but if I did I'd be looking for a blog like this one. It is so helpful. I also enjoyed the post on the trees and of course the 'cupcakes'. I am surprised to see southwestern gardeners top their trees too. Such a bad practice.
I have fallen in love with this grass ever since first seeing it on Frances' Fairegarden blog. It truly is beautiful. Unfortunately, it's not hardy in my zone 5 garden, but maybe plant breeders will come up with a hardy variety one of these days. It looks gorgeous with Arizona cacti and agaves.
We can grow buffalo grass here, but it is not common. One of the golf courses I worked on used it in a few areas.
Thanks for the comment!
This grass is just beautiful! I don't know if I've seen it growing around here, but just the photographs alone make me wish I had room for some.
That's most beautiful, Noelle. I haven't seen good-looking grass used in gardens in my part of the country. Will be on the lookout for them now. Oh, that colour!!!
Hi Noelle, thanks for giving more information on this wonderful grass. It should definitely be more widely planted. We can grow it here on my sloping property in zone 7a. I failed to grow it at our other TN house in zone 6 however. It might have been too wet there. Because it loves sand and gravel, I would recommend those elements be added to the planting hole if one does not enjoy natural sandy soil.
Beautiful grass. I just love that color.
Pink Muhly grass is so great –especially when backlit!! I agree mass plantings are the best with this one.
I do agree that this is a beautiful grass to grow. It is very beautiful whether in one or 2 colours.
Gorgeous grass! Your photos too. Lovely. Carol
That is gorgeous! Wish it was a zone 3 – I wonder how fast it grows and if it would be worth treating as an annual…?
Great grasses. I prefer the winter hardy ones- which are harder to collect in Southern Ontario. Much more limited in our choices.
Beautiful displays, thank you.
Someone brought me 5 native Gulf Muhly, I was so tickled! My other grasses are Vetiver and Lemon Grass. I've been stubborn about turning to grass, except in the meadows.
What beautiful photos! I love the grasses. I have a few grasses in my yard – but nothing as beautiful as your pictures. Thanks for sharing. Michelle "Mich's West Coast Journal"
I love grass! Ornamental, too. Just kidding. What beautiful photos! I know most of these are not hardy my way but there are so many to choose from. I try to incorporate at least one grass in each of my beds – but I really love big drifts of them!
These pinks remind me of mimosa. And I adore that tree. We had them in the yard in Alabama when I was growing up. They were wonderful, low to the ground branches, perfect for climbing. I spent hours perched in those mimosas. I'd love to have one now. Wait, this post is about grasses!
It sure is beautiful!
Thanks! What is the frequency for the supplemental watering?
I can speak to watering frequency in the low desert – zone 9.
Once a week in summer, twice a month in spring and fall and once a month in winter. *Be sure to water to a depth of 1 1/2 to 2 feet deep each time.