Warm season grasses are generally tall or medium height grasses that grow during the Summer and then bloom and set seed in the Fall. They are more common in the Midwest and Plains states than they are in the East. However, they occupy an important niche in the mosaic of natural and man-made habitats in the East.
Cool season grasses are generally short to medium grasses that grow during the Fall and Spring bloom and set seed in the Spring and Early Summer. Most of these species are woodland species that tolerate shade or species that are adapted to extremely adverse growing conditions.
Wetlands and riparian areas are special habitats that require plants that are adapted to their specific characteristics. Wetlands such as swamps, marshes, bogs, and fens are flooded with water for extended periods of time. The hydrologic regime has a significant impact on the species that inhabit these areas. See the Resources page for information on wetlands. Likewise riparian habitats, the areas along rivers and streams, have characteristics such as unique topography and a periodic flooding regime that limit the species that can successfully inhabit them. See the Resources page for information on riparian areas. We grow several wetland and riparian species for southeaster North America. Please call us if you have questions regarding species selection, installation, culture, etc.