Grasses are very good at providing structural elements in a garden and will often be happy in positions that other plants don't do well in.
Hardy, robust and evergreen, this rather luscious grass (or sedge, if you're being particular) will form a splendid dense clump of elegant glossy mid green blades with creamy white edges that looks good throughout the four seasons, with no upkeep required. Now that's low-maintenance gardening. The brownish flower spikes in spring are insignificant in the...
Just a little bit different is this evergreen sedge which holds whorls of cream and lime green variegated leaves along upright purplish stems. Flowers rather like mini bulrushes appear in the centre of the whorls. Makes a terrific pot plant, but equallky at home in the border. Likes some shelter and a bit of shade. Moist but not wet soil. 2 feet. 2 litre...
We call this grass the mini-bamboo because of the appearance of its stems and leaves. The flower/seed heads in late summer are large and oat-like, hence the common name of Sea Oats. It's also known as Spangle Grass, which is a simply wonderful name. Looks terrific in a tall pot. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but not wet soil. 2 feet plus. 2 litre pot.
We think this is one of the very best blue grasses. Elijah Blue forms a dense compact tuft of fine evergreen greyish blue leaves and has flower spikes of a similar colour in summer. 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. Hakonechloa All Gold 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. Any reasonable 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 it might as well be one. The clump of sturdy green leaves looks good all year round and in early to midsummer fluffy clouds of pure white flowers appear on arching stems. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but not wet soil. 2 ft. 2 litre pot.
Mondo grass (where did that name come from?) is not in fact 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 and seemingly indestructible. Any reasonable soil. Sun or semi-shade. 10 in. 1 litre pot.
Not something you see every day is this variety of Ophiopogon Japonicus which has very narrow grass-like leaves striped silvery white and green. Forms a spreading little clump about 6 to 8 inches high and, being evergreen, has year-round appeal. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 1 litre pot.
This is a real gem among grasses, forming a neat arching clump of gorgeous deep red leaves shading to olive brown, which are such an attractive feature in themselves that the hooked flowering spikes come as a bonus. One of the best, and evergreen! Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 12-18 in. 2 litre pot.