Growing Fescue: Tips at a Glance
- Type Grass
- Life Span Perennial
- USDA Zones 3-9
- Light Full sun
- Foliage Gray, blue, green, gold
- Where to Plant Tolerates poor soil
- Design Tip Tufted clumps
- Other Uses No-mow lawn
- Peak Season Cool months
Fescue: A Field Guide
Fescue grasses have long been workhorses: The variety ‘Kentucky 31’ helped restore Dust Bowl landscapes in the 1930s.
Strikingly beautiful, fescues are just as useful in a home garden. Ornamental varieties such as the evergreen Festuca mairei grow in clumps (meaning they won’t push, choke, or bully their more delicate garden-mates), mixing happily with wildflowers in a no-mow meadow. But beware: Fescues are typically cool-season grasses, prone to going dormant in summer heat. Design with this in mind.