Late flowering grasses such as Stipa gigantea (giant oats), molinia (fountain grass
), and chionochloa rubra (red tussock grass) look wonderful in autumn sunshine.
In addition, several grasses and ground covers will be sold, including muhly grass, switch grass, fountain grass
, maiden grass, liriope, mondo grass, ajuga and vinca.
Maiden and Fountain grass
- Don't cut back summer grasses too early.
IN Fountain grass
, pennesetum setaceum Rubrum is a natural for containers, filling a pot with its arching habit and rich burgundy hue.
The present study was carried out on Fountain grass
(Pennisetum orientale Rich) to determine its growth behavior and herbage yield with advancing plant maturity.
The other is Purple Fountain Grass
and I have a couple that I don't know the names of.
adds a cascading effect, additional color in summer (cream blooms), and a fine texture against the azaleas.
Pink-petaled 'Clara Curtis' mums are an excellent match for purple fountain grass
or bold coleus, while others (like the popular 'Yellow Jacket') are contrasted nicely by violet-spiked Mexican bush sage, notes Norman Winter.
Some of the grasses such as purple fountain grass
and Japanese blood grass have to be grown as annuals, but a few others winter quite well.
LANDSCAPE NOTES: Dwarf Fountain Grass
is an excellent plant for massing or as a specimen plant in sunny borders, accent beds, and rock gardens.
"Everyone talks about saving the rain forests," Menard says, but he explains that dry forests in Hawaii are "among the most endangered ecosystems in the world." One threat comes from invasive alien grasses, such as fountain grass
, that are highly flammable.
Typical examples of ornamental grasses are fountain grass
and Japanese silver grass.
Ornamental grasses include purple fountain grass
, dwarf pampas grass, and deer grass.
Hameln dwarf fountain grass
is compact and fine-textured.
Here's a list of some of my favourites that I find both functional and beautiful: Pennisetum 'Hameln' - there are a number of varieties of fountain grass
now available, but for the British climate, Hameln seems to be the most reliable for producing fluffy flowers.