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Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses are indispensable - they provide contrast to more colourful plants, and move gracefully with the wind. They can be grown in a mixed border, or in a 'grassery' by themselves, and they look great in pots.

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Calamagrostis emodensis

Calamagrostis emodensis£5.00

A very ornamental grass, forming upright clumps of fresh green leaves from which appear distinctive arching flowerheads, white flushed pink aging to buff in autumn. Well-drained soil in sun.

 
Cortaderia selloana

Cortaderia selloana£5.00

Pampas Grass

A large tough evergreen grass noted for its large white feathery plumes, currently much in vogue as a cut flower. Needs space and sun.

 
Elymus magellanicus

Elymus magellanicus£6.50

Magellan rye grass

One of the best blue grasses with narrow, intense blue leaves and almost prostrate flower spikes in summer.

 
Festuca amethystina

Festuca amethystina£5.00

Amethyst Fescue

A small, narrow leaved Fescue from the Alps, with grey-green leaves and purplish flowers. Grow in a well-drained soil in full sun.

 
Miscanthus   'Malepartus'

Miscanthus 'Malepartus'£6.00

A vigourous cultivar grown for its early flowering, and long season of interest.The feathery plumes of flowers emerge redish-purple, before fading to buff in the autumn and remaining attractive through the winter.

 
Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus 'Cabaret'

Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus 'Cabaret'£6.50

Lovely uprigt clumps of broad leaves each with a white central stripe. Mix with other grasses, or perennials e.g. Heleniums, Rudbeckia etc. Can also be grown in large pots.

 

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Karl Foerster'£5.00

Purple Moor Grass

A beautiful tall Purple Moor Grass producing, over mounds of green leaves, masses of airy flower spikes which turn to yellow in the autumn

 

Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea 'Heidebraut'£5.00

A beautiful deciduous grass, upright in habit and flowering in summer into autumn, when it turns a golden colour, stunning when caught by the sun. Dies back for the winter. Normal soil, sun to part-shade.

 
Panicum virgatum 'Heiliger Hain'

Panicum virgatum 'Heiliger Hain'

A striking clump-forming grass with an upright habit, the blue-green leaves turn deep purple in the autumn, panicles of airy purple flowers turn beige and persist through winter. Sun and well-drained soil. Cut back in late winter.

 
Phalaris  arundinacea var. picta 'Feesy'

Phalaris arundinacea var. picta 'Feesy'£6.50

Gardener's Garters

Spreading, supposedly less invasive cultivar of Gardener's Garters with white and green variegated leaves with a pink flush at the base. Divide early summer when in growth.

 
  
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