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Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 08:16

Morning Philippa

yes I grow Elymus Magellanicus 

ok,  as I keep saying, it's mild here but for me it's evergreen.

the name has changed but it's still generally identified  by this name

i grow it next to heuchera plum pudding, near Berbersis atro nana, etc. but lovely on its own in its own right.  For me it responds to good soil and occasional extra watering in summer.  I divide Magellanicus every couple of years 

as you say its "beefier" than Festuca etc but bluer and better than helictotrichon far the most blue of any grass.

there is supposedly a giant form available but I politely argue with a local,nursery woman who sells it thus.  Hers is no bigger than mine......good soil and conditions will make for a bigger plant

I,would post a picture but ...although it looks good right will look far, far better in a few weeks so post picture then

hope this helps Philippa

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 21:46

Repeating myself here but this is a great thread.  It's good for,people to express themselves on a platform like this because we all can identify, sympathise or empathise.   We can support and advise or simply wish good luck.

Joyce, we all feel guilt at times.  Currently when I see my old mum going through her final days I feel guilt for times when I could maybe have appreciated her more.  But we have our own lives to live and cannot always do the right things all the time.  

Mexican feather grass

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 21:34

Or a ribbon of imperata Red Baron .....part of my own planting scheme.  A summer long maintenance free combo.

Regular contributers.

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 21:28

Cowslip, I Think most of us here arent bearing grudges.  It seems to me you are apologising and for me that's respect to you. ,

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 07:48

Lyn what a traumatic time you are having.  Yes I am sure you will cope with whatever by day as things develop.  Just try not to anticipate what may or may not happen....worry is usually the worst part of life 


Posted: 22/01/2015 at 07:42

Morning folks

Feeling quite mild, looks dry and possibly sunshine soon.  Last time I said this it rained but I am hopeful today 

The Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 07:39

I'm enjoying most of this prog......whole bunch recorded so going through them slowly. Knot interested in the knot gardens..  They belong to yesteryear ()

Plants with balls

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 20:37

Tingly, since you have moved the goal posts slightly.........and considering asters then check out one called Frikartii Monch.  This is a superb very long flowering impressive aster.  Certainly the best of the lot 

Garden Idea Help

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 20:19

Check out the panicula hydrangeas.  They grow quickly every year and produce wonderful large flowers for a long time. impressive shrubs.

how about some foliage colour?  Cotinus royal purple will produce beautiful wine purple foliage all summer long.  Dogwoods produce brilliant red stems,throughout winter and if you go for a variety called Aurea you will have a wonderful yellow and purple foliage combination lasting for the growing season. I would also add a miscanthus  grass called Variegatus.  This is a tall, wind resistant white/green grass that will also mix well with the purple Cotinus.  

so, I would play with colour especially foliage colour James.  A nice evergreen or two....choisya for scent too for example....and the best holly out there, viz., Golden King.  

Plants with balls

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 18:48

Unlikely that those chrysanthemum "balls" will remain like that in subsequent years Tingly.  

Did you want permanent or evergreen features?  

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