Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:09
I do so agree about grasses. I tried some a few years ago, beguiled by the colours of penisetums and blue fescue. Far too wussy for my garden's winters so loads of euros wasted. Miscanthus do well but not, funnily enough, tehse last two years following mild winters. I planted molinia in a damp spot but those tall "transparent" stems broke in the first strong wind so definitely not designed for elegant waving.
I like an occasional bronze carex buchananii but the last of those gave up in a very wet winter a few years ago and that leaves me with another bronze carex form which looks fine for a year or two then gets so long and floppy I have to trim it back to stop it tripping me up and is now self seeding into my paths and rotting in the middle after a cold wet May.
They all look sodden and bedraggled after last night's impressive storms but the roses are standing, with their flower heads held high. Guess what gets my vote.