Ornamental Grass Flowering - 12 plant collection
A selection of 12 plants to help complete you border landscape project. For prairie and wild garden style or just to add class to the perennial border. 12 plants in 9cm pots - 3 each of the following 4 varieties.
Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’ - One of many excellent grasses which tolerate a wide range of soils, and can be relied on to flourish year after year. Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’ makes a thick, upright clump of thin, vertical green leaves which are variegated white, the new leaves having a distinctly pink tint in spring. The summer flower plumes rise well above the leaves, and are quite effective even when they are spent, making for interesting winter effect. If the foliage starts looking a bit tired and jaded after midsummer, you can cut it back to force up a fresh new batch of leaves.
Stipa pseudoichu – A more recent introduction which is like Stipa ‘Pony Tails’ on steroids. It forms clumps of fine bright green upright foliage to 80cm and tall arching stems with airy silvery plumes of flower to 1.2m throughout summer and autumn which wave in the slightest breeze.
Miscanthus nepalensis – This is an outstanding ornamental grass which deserves more widely planting. Sometimes referred to as Himalayan Fairy Grass, Miscanthus nepalensis is very unusual and very beautiful having delicate looking airy flower plumes held high above mounds of soft green arching foliage from mid-summer right through into the depths of winter. The flowers are a coppery-gold, like flaxen hair caught in sunshine.
Pennisetum alopecuroides f. viridescens - Pennisetum alopecuroides var. viridescens is a beautiful variety that is commonly called Black Fountain Grass or Dwarf Purple Fountain Grass. It has broader leaves and darker flower heads than the regular species and, growing to around 60cm (24in)tall, it is also slightly smaller. In late summer graceful fountain-like smoky purple-black plumes emerge in profusion and contrast nicely with the slender arching, glossy, deep green foliage. As the seasons progress and the late autumn frosts begin, the green foliage turns beautiful shades of yellow, chartreuse and amber. The plants add interest and structure to the winter garden as well as seed for birds, while the inflorescences are valuable inf lower arrangements.