I’ve been using ornamental grasses for about ten years now, and I’ve used them in various parts of the garden, including at the aqueduct, which I wrote about last week. One of the first places I put them was on the hill that slopes down to the lake. The plants, ordinary miscanthus sinensis, were a reasonable size when I planted them; now the small clump has grown to cover a large area, as I’ve divided and spread them out several times.
|Dividing miscanthus — a hard day’s work.|
Environmental regulations mean we can’t mow the hillside, so the miscanthus is a godsend. They are nothing special In June and July but in August they begin to come into their own. By September they have turned colour, from an acceptable-but-nothing-special shade of green to an intense yellowy-orange that really stands out against the dark evergreens behind. On a seemingly windless day, when no ripples appear on the surface of the water, their feathery white tufts still move gently in the breeze.
Miscanthus sinensis: almost as good as a pot of gold
|Miscanthus ‘Malepartus’ sounds evil but looks nice.
Can anyone explain its strange varietal name?
‘Morning Light’ is my favourite miscanthus in autumn because of the whiteness of the tufts.
|Karl’s red top provides a strong colour in late June|
|a tawny tuft contrasts with green foliage in July|
|Tufts turn the colour of honey in September|
|Tufts turn the colour of oats in October.|
|Japanese blood grass — a bloody contrast to the blue-gray rock behind.
I’m hoping it will fill in and cover all that bare ground.