Ornamental Grass - 6 flowering plant collection
A selection of 6 of the best flowering ornamental grasses available. 6 plants 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 callit ‘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 inf lower 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 rat's tails.