Monday, October 06, 2008

Grasses in variety

Weather's been unfriendly for gardening over the last few weeks. But its been terrific for gardens and plants that like a drop of water. And grasses like water. We grow a huge range. Today, I've showing off some of the miscanthus - which comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. I'm not sure of the Latin names, but this one is about 3/4 feet tall. We must have ten similar types to this.
This variagated miscanthus (almost white) is around 8 feet tall, just a foot or so shy of the similarly coloured arunda that we grow. Its seems bigger because it spreads more, and is stronger. Judge its size in comparison with the commonly grown purple Verbena bonariensis in the same photograph.Probably the best miscanthus that we grow.
This is a baby of the family, growing no more than 2 feet tall. Its a great 'front of border' grass, and so easy to grow. It will look good until I cut it down to ground level in March.
And finally to the old favourite, miscanthus zebrinus - so named because of its laterally striped leaves. You can buy a zebrinus in nana form these days, which makes a plant more suitable for a smaller garden than ours. But this plant grows big - about 6 feet in height and as much in spread. Its a lovely grass, spoiled only by its ubiquitousness.


Anonymous said...

our garden has just exploded Glyn,shrubs, grasses and plants have taken over. Flowers have been a sad case though

Glyn Davies said...

VM - Its that sort of autumn. We have quite a lot of colour though. I'll cover it in next weekend's gardening post.