Blue fescue grasses are a highly popular choice in both residential gardens and commercial landscapes throughout the Inland Empire. These are small clumping perennial grasses with blue-green foliage that grow in a spherical shape from 12-15 in. high. Many popular cultivars are now available from nurseries and garden centers; all are neat and uniform plants with attractive wheat colored inflorescences that occur in spring through summer.
Blue fescue is perhaps the most popular clumping grass for ornamental gardens in California. It is well adapted to sunny exposures and many types of soil, requires little care and performs best with moderate amounts of moisture throughout the summer. One cultivar, F. g. ‘Elija Blue’ has a silvery cast to the blue-green foliage and has proven to be reliable and long-lived. Its soft texture and mounding shape makes it highly attractive around pools, in rock gardens and along borders.