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If your yard or garden is looking a little bland, an easy and low-maintenance way to add some subtle flair is by planting some ornamental grasses in strategic areas. Unlike the grasses used for lawns, these plants are often tall, colorful, and easy to care for. There are many popular types of ornamental grass, but be sure to make sure they're suitable for your climate before planting.

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1. Fountaingrass

Named for its seasonal plumes that seem to spray out from the center, fountaingrass is a great choice for filling an empty corner and adding vertical depth to your landscaping. Some varieties can grow up to eight feet tall, and it comes in several shades ranging from vibrant green to rich purple. It grows best when it gets plenty of sun and is planted in well-drained soil.

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