Grasses have deservedly become very popular in recent years. We like them a lot and find they make good subjects for...More
READY LATE SUMMER 2014. Just a bit different is this evergreen sedge which holds whorls of cream and lime green variegated leaves along upright purplish stems. Flowers like mini bulrushes appear in the centre of the whorls. Makes a terrific pot plant. Likes some shelter and a bit of shade. Moist but not wet soil. 2 ft. 2 litre pot.
We call this grass the mini-bamboo because of the appearance of its stems and leaves. The flower/seed heads are large and oat-like. Hence the common name of Sea Oats. It's also known as Spangle Grass, which is just a wonderful name. Looks terrific in a tall pot. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but not wet soil. 2 ft + 2 litre pot.
If you like phormiums but haven't got room for one, this plant might just be for you. It forms a clump of strappy evergreen (but really blue!) leaves and in spring into summer bears masses of sky blue flowers. Give it a sheltered spot and it will give you much pleasure in return. Sun or semi-shade. Well drained soil. 18-24 in. 2 litre pot.
We think this is one of the very best blue grasses. Forms a dense compact tuft of fine evergreen greyish blue leaves and has flower spikes of a similar colour. Very attractive. Sun or semi-shade. Any soil. 12 in. 1 litre pot.
A real stunner of a grass that will make a statement without getting too big for its boots. It is of compact, arching habit, forming a mound of golden yellow leaves that remain semi-evergreen, and producing reddish brown flower spikes in early autumn. Top drawer. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. 15 in. 1 litre pot.
Now the snowy woodrush, as it’s known, isn’t really a grass, but an evergreen perennial that looks so grass-like we have included it here. Sturdy green leaves look good all year round and in early to midsummer fluffy clumps of pure white flowers appear on arching stems. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but not wet soil. 2 ft. 2 litre pot.
Again, not a true grass, but an evergreen clump-forming perennial that looks like one. Handsome virtually black leaves are complemented in summer by tiny purplish white flowers, followed by black berries. Adorable. Most soils. Sun or semi-shade. 10 in. 1 litre pot.
A plant that just wants to have fun! Basically a baby bulrush with evergreen grassy foliage, the tips of which are decorated through the summer with tiny white flowers just like fibre optic lights. Striking and unusual. Sun or semi-shade. Moist soil. 6-12 in. 1 litre pot.
If a grass was ever just right for a big pot on the patio, it's probably this one. Evergreen, with arching feathery stems in shades of copper, bronze and green, it looks great all year round and gets to just the right heigfht. Sun or semi-shade. Any well drained soil. 3 feet. 2 litre pot.
READY LATER IN THE SEASON. This is a real gem of among grasses, forming a neat clump of gorgeous deep red leaves, which are such an attractive feature in themselves that the white flowering spikes come as a bonus. One of the best, and evergreen! Sun or semi-shade. Prefers moist but well drained soil. 12-18 in. 2 litre pot.
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