Poolside ornamental grass


Hello! I would love to plant some ornamental grass in this area. The depth is approx 1ft. There is not much moisture here as there is a fence on the other side. I was hoping to plant tall and bold grass as a statement. Please provide your recommendations. Thank you!


Thank you for contacting Toronto Master Gardeners;

The location in the photo looks adequate to grow grasses, one foot of soil with added compost should allow grasses to grow, even though grasses are drought tolerant, due to the location along the fence it is necessary the grasses should be watered during the season. Ornamental grasses are easy to maintain once established.  Grasses that are tall are Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans), all three of these grasses are perennials that should survive the winter, have wonderful seed heads later in the year and provide winter interest. Our Toronto Master Gardener website provides information on grasses:

Architectural Privacy Hedge

Best and Durable Grasses