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Shrubs & Grasses


Arboretum and Gardens

Arboretum and Gardens
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016


The campus is filled with many shrubs of all shapes and sizes. Here is a sampling of some of our favorites that have performed well on our campus.

Rosa Radrazz
Knockout Rose

Hydrangea aborescens
Smooth Hydrangea

Kerria japonica

Viburnum praganse

Viburnum chindo

Nandina domestica

Flower Carpet Rose  

Perennials and Ornamental Grasses

Our arboretum boasts one of the most extensive and diverse collections of perennials and ornamental grasses that can be found on any university campus. 

From the thousands of varieties on display, we have selected the following to be our favorite most reliable performers. 

Calamagrostis acutiflora
'Karl Foerster'
Feather Reed Grass 

Nepeta faassenii
'Walker's Low'

Perovskia atriplicifolia
Russian Sage

Lower left

Hibiscus moscheutos
'Lord Baltimore'
Hardy Hibiscus

Upper right

Echinacea purpurea
Purple Coneflower

Hakonechola macra
Japanese Forest Grass

Senecio aureus
Golden Ragwort

Acanthus mollis
Bear's Breeches

'Cherry Cheeks'