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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.
Andropogon (Schizachyrium ) scoparium 'Prairie Blues'£5.00
Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Overdam'£6.00
A tall variegated grass with green leaves each with a creamy-white edge. Showy plumes of pinkish flowers are produced on vertical stems in late summer and persist into winter.
Carex buchananii f. viridis 'Green Twist'£5.00
A form with olive green, rather than the normal brown, leaves. These are very narrow, with curling brown tips and make a dense upright clump, suitable for growing as a specimen, or in a mixed planting in a container. Cool season.
Carex umbrosa sub. sabynensis 'Thinny Thin'£6.00
Attractive little evergreen Carex with very fine variegated leaves. A good sedge for growing in a pot in a sunny or shady spot.
A large tough evergreen grass noted for its large white feathery plumes, currently much in vogue as a cut flower. Needs space and sun.
Closely related to the Papyrus but much smaller, and much hardier.
Cyperus involucratus 'Nanus'£6.50
This striking grass related to the Egyptian Papyrus makes a neat plant with a umbrella shaped whorl of bracts.
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau'£5.00
A beautiful cultivar of our native Tufted Hair Grass, living up to its common name when in flower. It forms a clump of evergreen foliage, from which upright flower stalks appear in summer - these explode into a mass of tiny pale yellow flowers, which gradually fade but persist through winter
One of the best blue grasses with narrow, intense blue leaves and almost prostrate flower spikes in summer.
A lovely deciduous grass for warm dry sunny conditions, where it will catch the sun and wind. Forms billowing masses of tiny flowers followed by pinkish seed heads.
Stipa (Nassella) tenuissima£5.00
An upright clump forming grass with very fine narrow foliage, enhanced by soft feather flower panicles in summer.