Restios

 

Restio’s are a family of perennial evergreen, grass-like plants. They are spread across the Southern Hemisphere with many originating from the Western Cape of South Africa. Restio’s do best in open sunny positions with good air movement on free draining, neutral to acidic soils. Most are suitable for growing in pots where they need to be in a free draining compost yet not allowed to dry out. Occasional feeds of diluted liquid seem very beneficial. The majority are hardy down to about minus 7 or 8 degrees C but plants in pots can be moved into a light and airy frost free position just while the cold snap lasts. Plants in the ground can be heavily mulched with bark chip.
 

Elegia capensis - Available summer 2018
A very showy and handsome species of Restio forming dense clumps of lush green stems supporting slender foliage arranged in whorls at the nodes with very showy chestnut and white culm sheaths. Naturally occurs alongside seepages in mountain Fynbos in the Eastern and Western Cape so needs 
to be given a moist but free draining soil in a sunny spot sheltered from cold exposure. Hardy to around -8°C but very suited to pot growing (see attached label) Height 1.5m with a 1m spread.

Elegia cuspidata - Available summer 2018
An exeptionally rare species of Restio forming dense clumps of sturdy, unbranched culms with chestnut brown sheaths. Terminal dark brown almost black inflorescences during summer. Naturally occurs in seasonally wet, sandy soils in Coastal areas of the western Cape so at its best given a moist spot with plenty of air and sun but avoid cold, Easterly exposure. Not tested but expecting to be hardy to around -7°C but very suited to pot growing (see attached label) Height and spread 1m.

Elegia fistulosa - Available summer 2018
A very rare species of Restio forming a neat and upright clump of long, slender, reed-like stems and during late summer terminal spires of small brown flowers in large, showy, golden brown bracts. Naturally found in damp soils on the South coast and mountains of the Cape so at its best given a moist but free draining soil in a sunny, open spot sheltered from cold xposure. Not tested but should to be hardy to around -7°C but also suited to pot growing (see attached label) Height and spread 1m.

 

Elegia tectorum 

A very handsome, fast growing species of Restio forming a very attractive, fast growing, tufted clump of stunning foliage and during autumn long lasting, brown, grass like flower spikes. The specific name 'tectorum' means roofing and is used as a thatching reed in S.Africa. Suited to a sunny, open position in most well drained soils, except chalky. Hardy to around -8°C but very suited to pot growing (see attached care label) Height and spread 1 to 1.5m.

 

Restio tetraphyllus

A seldom seen densely-tufted, rhizomatous, evergreen perennial with slender, upright to arching, bright green stems and feathery, bright green leaves. Reddish-brown flower spikelets from late spring into early summer. Best pot grown in a neutral to acidic, well drained compost and given an airy, open position in full sun during summer. Protect during cold spells in winter by placing in a greenhouse but best left outside when temperatures are above freezing.

 

Rhodocoma capensis

A seldom seen, very elegant, reed-like Restio with slightly arching, deep green branches and horls of finely divided, feathery looking foliage. May lose top growth but has withstood -12C in a warm, sunny spot given a free draining soil with a thick mulch of bark chip or pot grow in a neutral to acidic, well drained compost. Likes lots of air, sun and water during summer. 

Protect in very cold spells but leave outside when above freezing. Height 2m with a 1m spread.  

 

Grasses

Acorus gramineus 'Hakuro-nishiki'

An attractive, clump forming 'grass' which when mature forms a striking and impressive mat of bright yellow, spikey foliage. Looks particularly impressive if a few are planted together. Suited to half shade, avoiding the hottest sun, in a humous rich, damp or wet site. May need a quick spruce up in spring to remove any old or dead leaves. Only a little chap, reaching a height of 15cm with a spread of approxiamately 30cm. A hardy all year round performer.

 

Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' 

A superb semi-evergreen grass. Gold and green variegated leaves which, while not fully evergreen, will withstand all but the worst winters. Grows at pool margins in wet or very moist (boggy) soil in full sun but equally at home in a damp spot in the garden. Reaches a maximum height of 25cm with a similar spread. A hardy plant that is often used in small, shallow water features. Benefits from a spring tidy by removing any old or dead foliage.

 

Acorus gramineus 'Variegatus'

A superb semi-evergreen grass with compact fans of green leaves variegated with cream and yellow. Not fully evergreen but should withstand all but the worst of winters. Grows at pool margins in wet or very moist (boggy) soil in full sun but equally at home in a damp spot in the garden. Reaches a maximum height of 25cm with a similar spread. A hardy plant that is often used in small water features. Benefits from a spring tidy by removing any old or dead foliage.
 

Anemanthele lessoniana (AGM-H4)

A lovely, tightly tufted grass with a soft arching habit that glows with shades of bronze, gold and copper in autumn. Produces purple green flower spikelets during summer. Likes a decent, well drained soil in a sunny open spot, coping well in exposed positions. Tidy up in early spring by teasing out out any old or dead growth in early spring. Reaches an approx height and spread of 0.8m. Hardy unless planted in a poorly drained position. Formerly known as Stipa arundinacea.

 

Arundo donax 

A tall growing ornamental grass that adds an architectural touch to any planting scheme. Plants spread by underground rhizomes forming attractive leafy clumps and in long hot summers purple/green flower plumes are produced on top of the long canes . Requires a well drained sunny situation out of strong winds. Can reach approxiamately 4m in height with a spread of 2m. Cut back to ground level before new canes appear in spring. Hardy.

 

Arundo donax var. versicolor 

A tall growing ornamental grass with green and white striped leaves. Plants spread by rhizomes forming attractive leafy clumps and in long hot summers purple/green flower plumes are produced on top of the long canes . Requires a well drained sunny situation out of strong winds. Can reach approxiamately 4m in height with a spread of 2m. Cut back to ground level before new canes appear in spring. Not bone hardy but should be ok with a good mulch.

 
Briza media 'Russells' 
A fabulous form of 'Quaking grass' with green and white variegated foliage, sometimes flushed with pink. Slender stems of pinkish, pendant flowers during early summer which last for weeks. Best given a position in part or light shade that gets good light but is not subject to hot afternoon sun, in any decent, well drained soil. Reaches a flowering height of around 60cm with a spread of 30cm. Hardy but not a big fan of poor drainage and winter wet.

 

Calamagrostis × acutiflora 'Avalanche'

A cracking, seldom seen, selection of C. 'Karl Foerster' with clear wide white bands down the centre of each leaf. Topped by silvery tan plumes on strongly vertical stems which bleach to a beautiful straw colour late in the season. Very architectural and superb for screening. Cut down to ground in spring before new shoots emerge. Easy to grow in a sunny spot with some moisture. Can reach a height of 1.6m in flower with a spread of 0.5m. A hardy performer.

 

Calamagrostis × acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'  

Mounds of green foliage with many spectacular, strongly vertical flower stems which start off pale green, gradually turning bright golden yellow later in the season. Very architectural and superb for informal screening. Cut down old foliage to ground level in spring before new shoots emerge. Easy to grow in an open sunny spot in any soil that can hold some moisture. Can reach a height of 1.6m to 1.8m in flower with a spread of 0.5m. A hardy performer.

 

Calamagrostis × acutiflora 'Overdam'

One of the first non evergreen grasses to break in spring producing bright thin, vertical green leaves, variegated with white and pink. The airy, purplish summer flower plumes rise above the leaves and are quite effective even when they are spent. Not too fussy about soil as long as it can find some moisture in a sunny or partly shaded spot. Cut down to ground in spring before new shoots emerge. Reaches a height of 1m in flower with a spread of 0.5m. Hardy.

 

Calamagrostis brachytricha (AGM-H4)

Calamgrostis Brachytricha forms low mounds of soft green foliage with stunning feathery plumes of greyish pink flowers held high above the foliage in late summer. During autumn the flowers gradually fade to golden brown. Easy to grow in an open sunny spot in any fertile, moist soil. Can reach a height of 1.2m to 1.5m in flower with a spread of 0.6m. A hardy performer. Cut back old foliage in early spring before new growth commences. Can self seed.

 

Carex elata 'Aurea' (AGM-H4)

A small, evergreen, ornamental Carex also known as 'Bowles Golden Sedge' forming low hummocks of striking dark green leaves with a central strip of creamy yellow. In early summer it bears small, brown flower spikes on long stems. Likes a decent, moist or wet, poorly drained soil in either full sun or part shade. Reaches a height of between 0.6 and 0.8m with a spread of 0.5m. A choice and hardy evergreen plant deserving of its AGM.

 

Carex 'Ice Dance'

Ice Dance' is a superb ,dense, spreading sedge grown for its foliage. Looks good year round, even in winter. The early-spring flowers are insignificant, but the white-edged leaves are excellent and complement most other plants. Grow as a groundcover in part shade where the clump will slowly spread by offsets, creating a natural effect. Prefers a humus rich moist soil. Reaches 0.6m in height, slowing spreading to a width of 0.7m. Hardy.

 

Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' (AGM-H4)

A small, evergreen, ornamental grass that forms low hummocks of striking dark green leaves with a central strip of creamy yellow. In early summer it bears small, brown flower spikes on long stems. Easy to grow in a sunny or partly shaded spot in most moist but well-drained fertile soils. A choice evergreen plant that provides excellent colour through winter when the garden can look a bit sparse. Reaches an approxiamate height and spread of 0.3m. Hardy.

 

Carex testacea

A superb, colourful evergreen grass. Produces dense arching olive green foliage that turns a coppery red in late summer, which when caught by the late sun is really eye catching. Far better colouring in full sun but will tolerate part-shade, needing a very well drained soil to avoid winter wet. Insignificant small brown flower spikes during summer. Tidy up in spring to get rid of dead foliage. Reaches 0.6m with a similar spread. Pretty tough if given drainage.

Chionochloa rubra (AGM-H7)
An informal evergreen grass forming dense tussocks of attractive, slender, red-tinted foliage and during late summer, elegant, lax panicles of small spikelets. Easy to grow in a moist but well-drained, fertile soil in a spot that gets good sun. Will tolerate part shade but may lose some foliage colour. Best to avoid heavy soils that hold excessive winter moisture. Forms a sizeable clump with a height and spread of around 1m. Hardy.

 

Hakonechloa macra 'Alboaurea' (AGM-H4) 

A very striking, small, clump-forming deciduous grass with narrow, arching, lance-shaped leaves striped creamy white and yellow, flushed red in autumn and early winter. Although it prefers some sun or dappled light it will also grow well in a shadier position. Suited to a good, humus rich, moist soil but tolerates a drier position if given more shade. Reaches a height and spread of 0.4m. Looks particularly good in groups or used as a pot specimen.

 

Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' (AGM-H4) 

A very striking, small, clump-forming deciduous grass with narrow, arching, lance-shaped, bright yellow leaves striped with green, flushed red in autumn and early winter. Although it prefers some sun or dappled light it will also grow well in a shadier position. Suited to a good, humus rich, moist soil but tolerates a drier position if given more shade. Reaches a height and spread of 0.4m. Looks particularly good in groups or used as a pot specimen.

 

Helictotrichon sempervirens (AGM-H4)  

A striking, architectural, steely-blue evergreen grass, which makes a spiky sphere. In early summer this is tipped by an upright spray of stunning grey flower heads, which in a large specimen can be nearly a metre high. Suited to a poor or moderately fertile, well drained soil in full sun. A fairly drought-tolerant plant once established. Remove any old flowers or dead foliage in late winter. Upto a height of 1m in flower with a 0.5m spread.

 

Miscanthus flavidus BSWJ6749

An extremely rare miscanthus originally raised from seed collected at high altitude in Taiwan. Produces a strong basal growth of broad, arching, evergreen leaves and during summer very attractive plumes of purple tinged flowers. Requires plenty of sun in any soil as long as it is well drained. Extremely tolerant of dry positions. Reaches a flowering height of approx 1m with a foliage spread of 0.6m. Very tough but foliage can get scorched in very cold winters.

 

Miscanthus x giganteus

A superb, tall, architectural grass with a mass of leaves that arch gracefully in layers. A single plant creates a large well behaved clump with a lovely tawny colouration through the winter. The rich green foliage is topped by beautiful arching sprays of silky pink flowers in autumn. Requires a moist soil in sun/part shade. Cut down to ground level in spring before new shoots appear. A hybrid of M.sacchariflorus and M.sinensis. Height 3m, Spread 1.2m. A strong and hardy grass.

 

Miscanthus x giganteus 'Gotemba' 

An imposing cultivar with tall, hairy red stems supporting a mass of stunning gold-green variegated leaves. Not sure about reliability of flowering as 'Gotemba' is rarely encountered and new to the nursery but should be late season with parentage of M.sacchariflorus and M.sinensis. Suited to a moist soil in full sun or part shade. Cut down to ground level in spring before new shoots appear. Height 2m but reported to be fairly aggressive in spread. Hardy.

 

Miscanthus nepalensis - Not available 2017

A superb grass forming bold clumps of elegant green foliage followed in summer by plumes of yellowish drooping flowerheads. The elegant blooms persist into the autumn and make good architectural seed-heads. Best suited to a decent, well drained soil in full sun or light partial shade. Cut back old foliage in spring before new shoots appear. Can rech a flowering height of 1m with a similar foliage spread given time. Pretty tough given adequate winter drainage.

 

Miscanthus nepalensis 'Shikola' BSWJ2302

A real cracker of a grass. Raised from plants originally collected as seed from the Shikola area of the Singalila Ridge in West Bengal. A stately, upright grass with fine, greeny purple foliage and pink flushed drooping flowers in summer. During autumn the foliage turns a tawny colour and stands rigid all through winter. Best suited to a decent, well drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Cut down in spring before new shoots appear. Height 1.5m, Spread 1m.

 

Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'

An attractive deciduous grass with narrow, compact, silvery grey foliage with white midribs and during mid to late summer numerous, pink-tinged flower heads which age to white. Likes any moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in a spot that gets plenty of sun. Dislikes excessive winter wet. A smaller cultivar with a flowering height of around 1.2m creating a clump  0.75m wide. Cut back to ground level before new growth emerges in spring. Hardy.
 
Miscanthus sinensis 'China' (AGM-H6)
A strong, deciduous grass with very attractive, narrow, arching olive-green leaves each with a white midrib and during mid to late summer panicles of silky, brownish red flowers which age to pink and silver. Likes any moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in a spot that gets plenty of sun. Dislikes excessive winter wet. Reaches a flowering height of around 1.5m with a spread of 0.75m. Cut back to ground level before new growth emerges in spring. Hardy

 

Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus 'Cosmopolitan' (AGM-H4)

A dramatic, tall, architectural grass with a mass of broad leaved foliage longitudinally variegated with white / cream stripes. Produces wonderful silver flower plumes held erect above the foliage in late autumn. Requires a sunny position in most well drained soils provided it can find some moisture. Cut down to ground level in spring before new shoots appear.  Reaches a height of approxiamately 2m with a 1m spread. A good hardy plant.  

 

Miscanthus sinensis 'Ferner Osten'

A cracking architectural grass producing narrow, arching foliage which takes on subtle orange tones in autumn and early winter. The feathery flower panicles produced in late summer open deep red, ageing to pink and silver. Suited to any moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun, avoiding winter wet. Makes a tidy, bushy clump approxiamate 1m in height with a 0.6m spread. Cut back to ground level before new growth emerges in spring. Hardy.

 

Miscanthus sinensis 'Flamingo' (AGM-H6) 

A strong, deciduous grass with very attractive, arching, green leaves each with a prominent white midrib and during mid to late summer panicles of feathery, pink tinged flowers which age to tones of silver. Likes any moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in a spot that gets plenty of sun. Dislikes excessive winter wet. Reaches a flowering height of around 1.5m with a spread of 0.75m. Cut back to ground level before new growth emerges in spring. Hardy.

 

Miscanthus sinensis 'Graziella'

'Graziella' is a superb, tall ornamental grass with silver plumes in midsummer high above the attractive, narrow green leaves. Lovely rich copper-red and orange autumn foliage when the plumes become dry and fluffy. Suited to any moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun, avoiding winter wet. Makes a tidy, bushy clump approxiamate 1.5m in height with a 0.6m spread. Cut back to ground level before new growth emerges in spring. Hardy.

 

Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Silberspinne'

A superb, smaller sinensis forming clumps of narrow, arching green foliage with white mid-ribs and during summer lovely reddish feathery plumes, gradually fading to pale brown. Suited to any moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun, avoiding positions that are subject to excessive winter wet. Makes a tidy, bushy clump approx 1m in height with a 0.6m spread. Cut back to ground level before new growth emerges in spring. Hardy.

 

Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus'

A strong and vigorous, free-flowering deciduous grass with arching leaves each with a central white rib and during mid to late summer numerous, pink-tinged flower heads which age to silver. Suited to any moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in a spot that gets plenty of sun. Dislikes excessive winter wet. Can reach a flowering height of 2m creating a clump 

with a width of 1m. Cut back to ground level before new growth emerges in spring. Hardy. 

 

Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' (AGM-H4) 

A quality grass most deserving of its' AGM status. Has a compact habit and very handsome, narrow leaves finely edged with white. Produces pink-tinged panicles of flowers, held above the foliage in autumn. Grow in any moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Dislikes excessive winter wet. Gets better and stronger each year finally producing a height of approx 1.5m with a spread of upto 1m. Provides good winter colour and form. Hardy.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Red Chief'  
A strong cultivar clad with narrow, arching foliage which takes on subtle orange and yellow tones in autumn and early winter. Feathery panicles of maroon flower spikelets turning silvery grey by winter. Suited to any moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun, avoiding heavy positions subject to excessive winter wet. Makes a bushy clump with a flowering height of around 1.2m. Cut back to ground level before new growth emerges in spring. Hardy
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Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberfeder' (AGM-H6)  

A tall and strong, architectural grass producing narrow, arching foliage and during summer feathery panicles of pink-flushed, silvery-grey flowers which persist into autumn. Suited to any moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun, avoiding winter wet. An imposing grass which can reach a flowering height of 2m with a base spread of 1m. Cut back old foliage to ground level before new growth emerges in spring. Hardy but can sulk in poorly drained soils.

 

Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus' (AGM-H4) 

A strong, compact, clump-forming deciduous grass with erect, fresh green, spiky foliage attractively cross-banded with yellow markings, and crinkly silver flowering plumes to 2m tall in mid to late autumn. Grow in any moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Protect from excessive winter wet. Particularly good for winter impact with the leaves turning a lovely pale brown colour in autumn. Height 2m with a 0.6m spread. Hardy.

 

Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea 'Edith Dudszus'

An extremely tidy, compact and attractive Molinia producing elegant, almost black flower panicles, over a dense clump of thin dark foliage giving a first class overall appearence.  Suited to any decent well drained soil preferably in a spot that gets good sun. The long lasting summer flower spikes reach between 0.6 and 0.8m high, with a lower foliage height and spread of 0.5m. Tidy up old foliage in early spring before new growth emerges. Hardy.

 

Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea 'Transparent'

This ornamental grass is all about the superb stands of tall flowers set high above the low mound of fresh green leaves. Their Airy and transparent effect allows this grass to be positioned at the forefront where the purple feathery spikelets will catch every breeze. Suited to most soils in sun/light shade as long as they are not too dry. The long lasting summer flower spikes reach upto 1.5m high, with a lower foliage height and spread of 0.6m.

 

Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea 'Variegata' (AGM-H4)

A very attractive grass forming a compact clump of arching, boldly cream-striped, dark green leaves from which rise yellow flower stems with purple flower spikelets during summer. Suited to most soils, avoiding positions that are subject to excessive winter wet, in sun or part shade. Reaches a flowering height of between 0.6 and 1.0m forming a clump 0.5m in width. Tidy up old folige and flowering stems in early spring before new growth starts. Hardy.

 

Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea 'Windspiel' 

Another good Molinia with superb stands of tall flowers set high above the low mound of fresh green leaves. The name literally translates as "Wind Play" and it certainly lives up to its name, dancing in the breeze and looking stunning from summer onwards. The foliage turns butter yellow during autumn. Suited to most soils in sun/light shade as long as they are not too dry. The flower spikes reach upto 2m high, with a lower foliage height and spread of 0.6m. Hardy.

 

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

'Shenandoah' is truly a grass for all seasons. In early summer the leaf blades are tipped in red, and by autumn, the entire leaf is a rich burgundy color, topped by pink plumes. In winter the blades persist and fade to beige. Looks great planted in drifts. Full sun in an average moist soil will keep it happy. Reaches a height of 0.75m with a spread of 0.4m. Cut back old foliage to ground level in February/March before new spring growth appears.

 

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

A superb switch grass forming robust, tight, upright clumps of sky blue stems bearing flat leaves that arch towards their tips. In summer it produces weeping panicles of red-purple flowers that float above the foliage. Foliage turns an attractive straw colour in autumn. Full sun in an average moist soil will keep it happy. Reaches a height of 1.2m with a 0.5m spread. Cut back old foliage to ground level in February/March before new spring growth appears.

 

Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Sky'

A superb switch grass forming robust, tight, upright clumps of sky blue stems bearing flat leaves that arch towards their tips. In summer it produces weeping panicles of blue/grey flowers that float above the foliage. Foliage turns an attractive straw colour in autumn. Full sun in an average moist soil will keep it happy. Reaches a height of 1m with a 0.5m spread. Cut back old foliage to ground level in February/March before new spring growth appears.

 

Pennisetum macrourum  

A spectacular South African grass, forming tussocks of pale green foliage from which long, pale-coloured plumes arch elegantly upwards and catch the low Autumn light. Creates a very distinctive and attractive vertical feature. Requires a sunny, well drained position in any soil. Hardy unless planted in a position that is wet and very cold during winter, although looks and performs very well in a pot. Reaches a height of 1m in flower with a spread of 0.5m.

 

Pennisetum orientale (AGM-H3/H4)

A very attractive clump-forming perennial grass with arching, linear leaves producing hairy, narrow, grey-mauve flower panicles, like soft bottle-brushes during summer and into autumn. Needs a light, moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil and full sun. Pretty tough unless planted in a position that is wet and very cold during winter, although looks and performs very well in a pot. Reaches a height and spread of approxiamately 0.7m in flower.

 

Pennisetum thunbergii 'Red Buttons'

A lovely grass producing a mound of fresh green leaves and bright red button like flowers held on dainty narrow stems which appear to float above the foliage. Flowers fade to a straw beige with age. Suited to a sunny spot in any well drained soil where it should reach a height of approx 1m with a 0.5m spread. A deciduous grass that should be trimmed back to ground level before the new foliage appears in spring. Pretty tough if planted correctly.

 

Pennisetum villosum (AGM-H3) 

A very attractive clump-forming perennial grass with arching, linear leaves, producing whitish green, summer flower panicles, like soft bottle-brushes, which age to purple during autumn. Needs a light, moderately fertile, moist but well drained soil and full sun. Struggles with cold wet winters, needing a very well drained, warm position. Looks and performs very well in a pot which can be given winter protection. Height and spread of approx 0.7m in flower.

 

Phalaris arundinacea var. picta 'Feesey'

A beautiful, hardy, green and white striped grass with arching leaves that can be tinted pink in spring. The fresh foliage colours make a real impact and are most welcome in early spring. Does best in a moist, free-draining soil in a sunny position. Height approx 0.6m but quite a vigorous plant that will spread to a width of 2m, so best to avoid tight places.

 
Phaenosperma globosa 
A rarely seen, generally evergreen architectural grass with broadly linear to narrowly lance shaped, grey-green leaves. During summer into autumn, slender, upright to arching stems bearing loose panicles of attractive, tiny, pale green flowers followed by green, bead like seeds. Have grown this chap in well drained soil in full sun but I believe it better in a shadier spot out of hot sun. Flowering height around 1 to 1.5m, forming a clump 50cm wide. Hardy.

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Prairie Blues' 
An outstanding new selection of 'Little Bluestem' grass with greyish blue foliage and a sturdy, upright growth habit. Produces fluffy, silver seed heads during late summer and is also an eye catching grass in the autumn where it turns a pleasing purple with hints of orangey-red. Suited to a moist but well drained spot in full sun, although once established it will tolerate much drier positions. Reaches a height of approx 1m with a spread of 0.3m. Very Hardy.


Stipa calamagrostis

An attractive perennial grass with narrow, arching leaves and lovely feathery panicles of green gold flower spikelets during summer which turn light buff and persist well into winter. Best grown in full sun in a moderate soil that does not waterlog in winter. Particularly good in exposed, windy positions. Height to approxiamately 1m (in flower) with a spread 0.75m. Remove old foliage and flowering stems in early spring before new growth commences. Hardy.

 

Stipa extremiorientalis

A seldom seen grass with broad, yellowish-green ribbon like leaves. Produces lovely panicles of green flowers from summer into early autumn. During autumn the foliage turns to a butter yellow colour and then to shades of beige, contrasting well with the flower panicles which turn very dark, almost black. Best grown in full sun in a moderate soil that does not waterlog in winter. Height to approxiamately 1m (in flower) with a spread 0.75m. Hardy.

 

Stipa gigantea (AGM-H4)

A robust, tufted evergreen grass with low, arching, linear green leaves and arguably one of the finest flowering grasses. The magnificant large panicles of oat-like purplish flowers rise high above the foliage in early summer, gradually ripening to gold. Best grown in full sun in a drained, moderate soil that does not waterlog in winter. Benefits from a spring clean to remove old foliage and flowering stems. Height to 2m (in flower) with a spread 0.75m. Hardy. 

 
 
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