8 fall grasses to plant now Add year-round texture and color to your garden with our top picks Libertia (I. peregrinans) It's really an iris from New Zealand—shhh. Pinterest Indian rice grass (Oryzopsis hym enoides) Native Americans did eat its seeds. Fountain grass (Pennisetum orientale) Seed heads as soft as a kitten's fur. Pheasant's-tail grass (Anemanthele lessoniana) Coppery hues streak the leaves. Common blue fescue (Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue') Named for one of Cher's sons? A modern mystery. Turkeyfoot (Andropogon gerardii) Goofy yet historic—classic prairie grass. Deer grass (Muhlen bergia rigens) Looks like pampas grass, but much less pushy. Purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum') Don't miss those rich burgundy leaves.