Posted: 16/07/2014 at 13:39
I grow lots of ornamental grasses.
Miscanthus varieties are worth checking out..........tall, sturdy (mine lasted throughout those horrific wimter storms) and they "shimmer"
Miscanthus Morning Light has delightful narrow variegated foliage and flowers from late summer. Fountain-like to 5 or 6 feet. Miscanthus variegatus has bright white and green foliage, wider leaves amd taller than Morning Light. Superb next to purple foliage. Miscanthus Gold Bar and Zebrinus have gold horizontal bands across the leaves.....lovely. There are miscamthus with pink, red and beige flowers. All stand well over winter.....undamaged by those horrific winter storms. Miscamthus are better with some added moisture.
Calamagrostis is as tall with flowers now until autumn. Eye catching flowers. Overdam is a variegated version. Both are upright sturdy plamts.
Panicums too. Shenandoah is esp good. Reddish touches to leaves and cute button flowers in late summer. Heavy metal too is good. Both are upright, tall and sturdy
Stipas too...gigantea is huge,,prob too big for a pot....but Tennuissima is delightful and evergreen with billowing flowers all summer. Great in a pot at about 2 to 3 feet.
Carex comans bronze thrives in dry comditions and makes a mound of foxy red foliage...love this. Buchanii is darker red and upright and taller to 3'.
Elymus magellanicus is the bluest plant you will see. Wonderful mid height evergreen blue grass. Festucas have blue foliage too but smaller.
Carex testacea is great. Olive coloured evergreen folkage ...needs reasonable moisture....amd superb in terracotta pot.
Hachonecloa is the classiest of all grasses. Deciduous yellow mounds with red and pink and orange touches. I grow several of these in the ground amd in containers. A plant seen at the grandest of gardens.
Helictorrichon is another blue grass. 4' tall and beige/blue flowers
Hordeum jubatum is easily grown from seed, short lived perennial grass with a kaleidoscope of flower colours. This is sooooooo eye catching.
Imperata red baron is fantastic. Leaves now turning blood red. Will be posting pictures of this soon.
Uncinia uncinia rubra is evergreen maroon red grass. Great winter festure
Annatherum bulbosum is almost white. Love this one too. Brightens up the winter garden.
Bowles golden grass is brilliant. Deciduous but yellow throughout. In spring and early summer delightfufly yellow flowers add lovely movement.
Pennisetums are mid height too. Deciduous but lovely summer flowers. Villosum has huge caterpillar white fluffy, swaying flowers. I also grow a tender variety called Rubrum but this will not survive past the summer outdoors.
Look, loads more. Better than any bamboo
Careful. You will get hooked on grasses