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Arundo donax 'Macrophylla'
Giant reed. A truly gigantic thing, forming big clumps of blue-green towering foliage to 3m+ high. This is the wider leaved form, good for even more exotic effect, with leaves as wide as a good belt, with long tapering tips. Looks great as a backdrop, or even as a frontdrop if you like that sort of thing. Any ordinary soil in full sun.
Briza media 'Golden Bee'
A slightly more compact form of the native perennial Quaking grass with particularly bright, soft yellow tinged flower heads. The distinctive and highly attractive dangling flowers are seen in summer and fade beige as they go over. The little flowers bob around in the breeze on multiply-branched wiry stalks. Height to 50cm from a tight clump. Sun or part shade.
Briza media 'Limouzi'
A form of our native perennial Quaking Grass with blue-green leaves and distinctive and highly attractive dangling flowers tinted red-purple in summer, fading beige. The little flowers bob around in the breeze on multiply-branched wiry stalks. Height to 60cm from a tight clump. Sun or part shade.
Calamagrostis 'Kyrgyz Giant' (new)
This very bold grass was found high in the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan. It forms big clumps, with inflorescences to approx. 2.5m high and inhabits gravelly valley bottoms where it endures long dry summers. Deciduous and extremely hardy (it gets to -50c in habitat!).
The Broad-leaved sedge from Eastern N. America is native to moist spots in deciduous woods and makes bold clumps with leaves to 3cm across. Foliage emerges bright green and is clearly linear-veined in a corrugated fashion. An evergreen for at least semi-shade and soil that doesn't become dry. An excellent contrast to ferns.
The Plumed Tussock Grass from New Zealand makes a robust, ornamental specimen to 1.5m high. The flat leaves are green with a central orange stripe. Graceful, semi-pendent, loose inflorescences are borne in summer. Sun, not too bone dry.
Often confused with the slightly inferior C. flavescens, this evergreen species from New Zealand is slightly smaller. Forming a graceful tussock of vivid green foliage with arching flower stalks ending in nodding inflorescences above the foliage, the remains of which last well through winter. Suited to a wide range of soil types and drought tolerant. Height 90cm.
The 'Red tussock grass' of New Zealand. Bold clumps of thin foliage, mainly soft red-brown with a hint of purple, turning more orangey in winter. A striking grass for full sun and well drained soil.
Large open heads of gold/purple flowers in summer make a cloud of subtle beauty across the grasslands of E. Europe. A tussock forming grass with hairy leaves in two ranks. Height 1.3m. Sun, hardy.
The Toe Toe, from New Zealand. A majestic, tussock forming grass with huge, but oh so elegant, arching white plumes to 3m in late summer and into winter. Sun and average to moist soil. Most definitely NOT a 'suburban' Pampas grass.
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Cabana Buta' (new)
A new collection from Romania with fairly broad foliage and silvery very diffuse heads of flower in summer. To 1m high. Naturally clump forming, this flowers best in full sun.
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau'
Meaning 'gold dew', this German selection of Hair grass has particularly fine textured, translucent, cloud-like inflorescences, opening yellow-green in early summer and luminous if side or backlit. One of the shorter cultivars reaching up to 60cm in flower. Naturally clump forming, this flowers best in full sun.
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Mill End' (new)
A taller selection of our wonderful native Tufted Hair Grass, reaching up to 1.2m in flower. Forming good clumps of deep green foliage these are topped by a multitude of relatively upright slim stems holding a veritable cloud of tiny beige flowers in early summer. Stems and seed heads turn uniformly straw coloured in late summer/autumn.
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Schottland''
Originally from Scotland, this German cultivar is fairly typical of the species with dark green foliage and fine textured, translucent, cloud-like inflorescences opening light green in early summer. reaching up to 1m in flower. Naturally clump forming, this flowers best in full sun.
Eragrostis curvula 'Totnes Burgundy'
Long, delicate, arching panicles of grey flowers in summer. Very fine leaves, wine-red from midway in summer. Height 90cm. Sun. A lovely form raised by my friends the Suttons in Devon.
Eragrostis curvula SH 10
A very good form of African Love Grass, in fact possibly a different species. Lovely delicate, arching, very diffuse panicles of tiny flowers in summer, olive-green-grey in bud and a mist of beige in flower. Height 1m. Sun. One of the finest, airiest grasses. A wonderful contrast to bold form.
Exceptionally handsome, rich green arching foliage forms rounded mounds 60cm high, composed of elegantly long-tapering blades. Sun or part shade, not too dry. A personal favourite.
Hakonechloa macra 'Albovariegata'
Heavily striped white and green arching foliage forms rounded mounds 60cm high, composed of elegantly long-tapering blades. Sun or part shade, not too dry. Deciduous.
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
Low clumps of arching, brilliantly yellow-striped leaves. Deciduous. Height 30cm. Sun or part shade, not too dry.
Helictotrichon sempervirens 'Saphirsprudel'
One of the finest of all blue grasses. A clump-forming species with intense blue-grey leaves. Oat-like flower heads on stems to 1m turn straw-coloured in summer. A Mediterranean grass, this enjoys sun and drainage.
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