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. Buy grasses online direct from our Hampshire nursery.
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 equally 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.
SORRY, CURRENTLY SOLD OUT FOR THE SEASON. 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 well drained soil. 12 in. 1 litre pot.
READY LATER IN THE SEASON. 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....
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.
Now there are lots of miscanthus out there with attractive horizontal banding to the blades, but many of them get seriously big. Gold Bar is of more manageable proportions, with the bands in the colouration the name suggests. Coppery red flowering plumes in the late season mature to creamy beige. Sun or semi-shade. Any well drained soil. 48 in. 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.
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.