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Grasses are useful foliage plants as they provide an architectual viewpoint within the garden and soften edges and boundaries. They filter the light extremely well and can be used within any garden design. Most grasses are easy to grow and will suit most soil types.

 

Seed heads provide a visual feast throughout autumn and winter and should be cut back in the spring before new growth starts. This is particulary true for Calamagrostis, Miscanthus, Molina and Pennisetum grasses. Before planting, add in some compost and grit. The best time to divide grasses is in either the spring or autumn just before the new growth starts to come through.

 

Many grasses are perfect in pots and go well with achillea, astrantia, alliums, knautia and heucheras.

Briza medi 'Limouzi' £3.75

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Quaking grass. Lots of dainty mauve-tinted flower heads that dance in the wind. Flowers between May and July. Matt-forming but well-behaved. Native to the UK. Does well in almost full shade, partial shade and full sun. Dislikes waterlogged soil. Grows to a height of 90cm and a spread of 75cm. Hardy. Semi-evergreen.

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Hakonechloa macra 'Alboaurea' £4.00

(9cm pot available now - 2 plants)

 

Pure white flowers over really soft, light green aromatic foliage. Spreads quickly. Flowers between May-July. Easy in sun, shade, wet or dry soil. Grows anywhere. Height 50cm with a spread of 30cm. Semi-evergreen. Hardy.

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Calamagrostis emodensis £4.00

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Wild collected grass with weeping flower heads that turn reddish brown in autumn. Fades white during winter. Free-flowering form. Blue-grey foliage. Full sun or partial shade in well-drained soil. Grows to a height of 1m and a spread of 40cm. Native to Pakistan and Northern India. Deciduous. Hardy.

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Chasmanthium latifolium £4.00

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Known as Sea oats or Spangle grass because of the diamond-shaped, flattened spikes of flower on broad foliage that appear. Flowers turn a coppery colour in autumn. Dries well. Sun or partial shade. Can tolerate full shade. Grows to a height of 1m with a spread of 60cm. Native to parts of USA. Deciduous. Hardy.

Calamagrotis brachytricha £3.50

(9cm pot available now - 2 plants )

 

Tufts of glossy, green leaves. Upright plumes start pinkish and fade to silvery buff between June and August. Good in winter. Hardy. Plant in sun or light shade. Dislikes full shade. Grows to a height of 1m with a spread of around 90cm.

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Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Silberspinne' £5.00

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Compact variety. Known as Chinese silver grass. Lots of silvery flowers, from reddish-brown plumes, between September and October when the narrow, silvery leaves turn purple. Grows to a height of 1.2m with a spread of over 45cm. Full sun in well-drained soil. Slow-growing at first. Hardy.

Stipa tenuissma £4.50

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Mexican feather or Texas needle grass.Pale brown fluffy plumes that fade to straw yellow with incredibly fine-hair leaves. Tolerates most soils as long as moist and well-drained. Prefers full sun. Grows to a height of 60cm with an eventual spread of 50cm. Self-seeds. Decidous. Spreads slowly. Low-maintenance.Hardy.

Pennisetum orientale £4.50

(9cm pot coming soon)

 

Fountain grass. Lots of greyish pink fluffy spikes on arching stems. Flowers between June and July. Height is around 75cm and spread is around 75cm. Needs sharply drained soil and full sun to flower well and be hardy. Deciduous.

Molina caerula 'Transparent' £4.00

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Purple moor grass. Large open heads of purple flower in July that turn brown and continue into winter. Prefers soil that does not dry out in full sun or partial shade. Deciduous. Grows to about 180cm tall with a spread of 50cm and is hardy.

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Stipa pseudoichu £4.00

(9cm pot available now - 2 plants)

 

Slender blond grass known as Peruvian feather grass/Jarava ichu. Flowers between June and October. Non-invasive. Tolerates any soil except very wet. Sun/part shade. Should not seed. Grows to a height of around 1.5m. Spreads slowly. Low-maintenance. Hardy.

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Luzula nivea £3.25

(9cm pot available now - 2 plants)

 

Bluish purple flowers over mounds of glossy leaves. Thrives in all conditions even dry shade. Good form of ground cover. Flowers between May and October in flushes. Height and spread is around 45cm. Evergreen. Hardy.

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Juncus decipiens 'Curly Wurley' £3.75

(9cm pot coming soon)

 

Compact fine-leaved Corkscrew rush. Between June and August decorated with brown seedheads. Needs moist soil in full sun. Grows to a height of 15cm with a spread of 23cm. Hardy. Semi-evergreen.

 

Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' £4.00

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Golden-yellow leaves that sweep softly down. Leaves may have a slight red tinge. Prefers good soil. Can be grown in a pot. Plant in sun or partial shade. Grows to a height and spread of around 30cm. Hardy. Deciduous.

Hakonechloa macra £4.50 

(9cm pot coming soon)

 

Bluish green leaves that turn orange-brown. Good soil. Flowers between June and July. Slow-growing. Prefers cool, moist soil in sun or partial shade. Height 40 cm with a spread of 35cm. Hardy. Semi-evergreen.

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