Short Ornamental Grasses are perennials, which are great in the garden and are easy care. They have a lot of versatility. There are varieties that grow in Shade & Full Sun. For Shade, there are the Carex or Sedge varieties. For ground cover, Ella Maxwell of Hoerr Nursery says to consider Liriope as an options; these grasses only grow 6-8 inches. For Full Sun, Elijah Blue Fescue is quite distinctive and popular. There are also Fountain Grasses, which blow and wisp in the wind.