Category Archives: Ornamental Grasses

Hakonechloa Macra Nicolas

hakonechloa Hakonechloa macra ‘Nicolas’Position: prefers a cool moist environment in sun or part shadeSoil: moist humus-rich soilRate of growth: slow non-invasiveFlowering period: August – SeptemberHardiness: fully hardy Hakonechloas are one of the most beautiful of the low growing grasses. They form gently arching mounds of foliage which are good for adding movement and softness and

Carex Oshimensis Evercolor Everlite

sedge Carex oshimensis ‘EverColor Everlite’Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: fertile moist well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: April to JuneHardiness: fully hardy This tufted evergreen perennial looks great in pots or planted en masse either in clumps or when used to line a pathway. It’s easy to grow and its grass-like foliage which has

Cortaderia Selloana Pumila

pampas grass Cortaderia selloana ‘Pumila’Position: full sunSoil: fertile well-drained soilRate of growth: average Flowering period: August Flower colour: silvery-yellowOther

Miscanthus Sinensis Kleine Fontne

silver grass Miscanthus sinensis ‘Kleine Font?ne’Position: full sunSoil: fertile moist well drained or sandyRate of Growth: average Flowering period: August and September Hardiness: fully hardy A stunning fountainous grass for a mixed or herbaceous border this has narrow silvery leaves with a white stripe down the centre. It flowers profusely and keeps on flowering right

Panicum Virgatum Shenandoah

switch grass Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’Position: full sun Soil: moderately fertile well-drained soilRate of growth: slow-averageFlowering period: August and SeptemberHardiness: fully hardy Easily mistaken for Japanese Blood grass (Imperata cylindrica Rubra) this grass starts off with green strap-like leaves that turn red at the tips in June and produces light airy flower panicles in summer. In

Panicum Virgatum Heavy Metal

switch grass Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’Position: full sunSoil: moderately fertile well-drained soilRate of Growth: averageFlowering period: August and SeptemberFlowers:purple-greenOther

Hakonechloa Collection

Hakonechloa collection Hakonechloa ‘collection’Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: moist but well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: August – SeptemberHardiness: fully hardy Becoming increasingly popular in recent years these eye-catching perennial grasses are now widely sought after for their handsome foliage which forms soft fountain-like mounds. They make wonderful specimens for patio pots but will

Hakonechloa Macra Aureola

golden hakonechloa Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: moist but well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: August – SeptemberHardiness: fully hardy An eye-catching small ornamental grass which forms cascading hummocks of vividly striped bright yellow and green foliage.The narrow leaves keep their colour throughout the season and often when the plant is grown

Deschampsia Cespitosa

tufted hair grass Deschampsia cespitosaPosition: full sun or partial shadeSoil: dry to moist neutral to acid soilRate of growth: average to fast-growingFlowering period: June to August Flower colour: bright silvery yellowHardiness: fully hardy The neat densly tufted evergreen foliage makes this a perfect grass for the wildflower meadow. Dainty silver-tinted purple spikelets appear like clouds

Anemanthele Lessoniana

pheasant’s tail grass (syn. Stipa arundinacea) Anemanthele lessonianaPosition: full sun or partial shadeSoil: moderately fertile medium to light well-drained soilRate of growth: fast-growingFlowering period: June to SeptemberHardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection) A wonderful grass that provides year-round colour movement and structure. It forms a fountain-like clump of slender evergreen foliage which emerges green but

Melica Altissima Alba

Siberian melic Melica altissima ‘Alba’Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil:fertile well-drainedRate of growth: average to fast-growingFlowering period: May to JuneHardiness: fully hardy An unassuming but beautiful grass that produces its airy sprays of white grain-like flowers on slender stems that catch the slightest breeze. It flowers earlier than many of the other ornamental grasses and

Hakonechloa Macra All Gold

hakonechloa Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’Position: prefers a cool moist environment in sun or part shadeSoil: moist humus-rich soilRate of growth: slow non-invasiveFlowering period: August – SeptemberHardiness: fully hardy This cracking grass is happiest in a lightly shaded spot where its golden yellow foliage will really shine. It tolerates sunnier conditions but the foliage colour is

Sesleria Heufleriana

Balkan moor grass Sesleria heuflerianaPosition: full sun to lightly dappled shadeSoil: moderately fertile well drained neutral or slightly alkalineRate of growth: averageFlowering period: May to AugustHardiness: fully hardy A densely tufted evergreen grass which from late spring is crowned with cottontail-like spikelets which mature to a deep burgundy over summer. Once established it can be

Hakonechloa Macra

hakonechloa Hakonechloa macraPosition: prefers a cool moist environment in sun or part shadeSoil: moist humus-rich soilRate of growth: slow non-invasiveFlowering period: August – SeptemberHardiness: fully hardy A small ornamental grass native to the wet rocky cliffs of Japan’s Honshu Island including the area around Mount Hakone after which the species is named. It is a

Sesleria Caerulea

blue moor grass Sesleria caeruleaPosition: grows in both full sun/light shadeSoil: tolerant of most but prefers alkaline soilsRate of growth: averageFlowering period: June to OctoberOther

Milium Effusum Aureum

Bowles’ golden grass Milium effusum ‘Aureum’ Position: partial shadeSoil: humus-rich moist but well-drained soilRate of growth: slow growingFlowering period: May to JulyHardiness: fully hardy A brilliant plant for a shady spot this semi-evergreen grass gets going in early spring and forms a rich yellow mound which matures to a bright green. Delicate golden flowers form

Miscanthus Sinensis Morning Light

silver grass Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’Position: open sunny positionSoil: moderately-fertile moist but well-drainedRate of growth: average. Flowering period: October to NovemberHardiness: fully hardy Miscanthus is a species of perennial clump-forming grasses that do not have invasive spreading rhizomes so are easily contained within gardens of all sizes. Although they are hardy many of them will

Stipa Calamagrostis

pheasant grass Stipa calamagrostis Position: full sunSoil: moderately fertile medium to light well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: June to SeptemberHardiness: fully hardy A dramatic addition to the garden this deciduous grass has tall glaucous arching leaves and produces masses of long fluffy silvery-white flowers in late summer. In autumn the leaves and flowers mature

Festuca Amethystina

festuca Festuca amethystinaPosition: full sunSoil: well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: June to JulyFlower colour: blue-greenOther

Hakonechloa Macra Albovariegata

hakonechloa Hakonechloa macra ‘Albovariegata’Position: partial shadeSoil: moist but well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: August – SeptemberHardiness: fully hardy This is an eye-catching small ornamental grass which forms a cascading hummock of lush green foliage that is attractively striped with creamy white. Happiest in a lightly shaded spot it looks wonderful when mixed with ferns