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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.
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.
A large tough evergreen grass noted for its large white feathery plumes, currently much in vogue as a cut flower. Needs space and sun.
One of the best blue grasses with narrow, intense blue leaves and almost prostrate flower spikes in summer.
A small, narrow leaved Fescue from the Alps, with grey-green leaves and purplish flowers. Grow in a well-drained soil in full sun.
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'£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
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'
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'£6.50
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.