Ornamental Grass - 12 mixed plant collection
A selection of 12 of the best performing ornamental grasses available. A mixed bundle of both evergreen and deciduous flowering varieties to add contrast, form, colour and movement throughout the year. Supplied in 9cm pots.
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 ‘Red Buttons’ - Pennisetum ‘Red Buttons’ is an unusual hardy perennial ornamental grass which is ideal for pots and prairie-style planting schemes or even as an unusual low hedge or border. It looks quite stunning grown singly in gravel gardens also. It is a perennial; just chop back the hummocks when new growth starts to appear in early spring. The species to which this grass belongs is variously cited as either Pennisteum thunbergii or to Pennisetum massaicum. We prefer to just call it ‘Red Buttons’ to avoid any confusion.
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 in flower arrangements.
Pennisetum macrourum - (African Feather Grass) is a tussock-forming grass, that is native to South Africa, but has naturalised in Australia and New Zealand. Its leaves are pale green on the surface with a silvery underside. In summer, clumps produce long, thin, bristly flower spikes resembling rats' tails.
Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Black Dragon’ – An indispensable low growing grass like evergreen (everblack in this case) plant which will grow virtually anywhere, but is very valuable for it tolerance of dry shade. Lilac flowers are followed in some years by shiny black fruit, but it is the foliage which mostly delights.
Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’ – A low growing clump forming evergreen perennial with grass like foliage variegated gold and green.
Acorus gramineus ‘Variegata’ - A low growing clump forming evergreen perennial with grass like foliage this time variegated cream and green.
Carex dipsacea ‘Dark Horse’ – An interesting sedge species from New Zealand. This variety selected on our nurseries has fine olive green grass like foliage in weeping tussocks to 40cm.It also has interesting brownish beetle like inflorescences.
Libertia peregrinans – Another evergreen perennial plant from New Zealand with amber coloured upright blade like foliage which intensifies through the autumn and winter into rich shades of orange. Forms closely spreading colonies.
Carex buchananii – Carex buchananii is also commonly known as the New Zealand Leather Leaf Sedge. It is extremely hardy and will grow in any position except total shade and is not really fussy at all regarding the soil. This evergreen plant's appearance is much the same in winter as it is in the summer. However in summer you are aware that it is alive when you see seed heads appearing. It does make a good contrast for other plants and when the sun rays fall upon it, it takes on whole new light. A superb evergreen plant, great for a mixed perennial border, for show-stopping block planting, or even as a feature plant in a container. It's extremely versatile, tolerating almost any soil, and aspect.Its narrow, triangular blades are bronze-red and flex gracefully in the breeze.It is disease and pest-resistant, and being evergreen, it is very low-maintenance. Upright habit to 70cm.