Give Your Garden an Extra Helping of Ornamental Oats
If you're in the market for plants with interesting texture, unique flowers and seeds, and good fall and winter color for places where nothing much grows, look to a group called oats to come to the rescue. This bunch of loosely related perennial grasses has similar common names and hardiness characteristics. They're called "oats" because their distinctive flower spikes and seeds are similar to those of agricultural cereal oats. These native plants can take heat, drought, and whatever unpleasantness Nature dishes up and still bowl you over with their bright leaf colors, bold textures, and unique flowers.