Ornamental Grass - 6 mixed plant collection
A selection of 6 of the best performing ornamental grasses available. A mixture of evergreen and flowering plants for all year round effect.
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 leave shaving 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.
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 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.
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 to40cm. It also has interesting brownish beetle like inflorescences.