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  • Calamagrostis
    • x acutiflora ‘Overdam’   CAG01392
      $12.00earn 60 points

      A softly erect, clumping, deciduous, perennial, ornamental grass. The narrow (5mm), stemless leaves rising in dense clumps to around 80cm high, are irregularly striped, lengthwise, in pale yellow that fades to white tinged in pink. In summer and autumn soft, feathery, purple tinted, vertical flower heads, that last well into winter, are produced on stiff, slender stems held above the foliage.
      The dried flower heads and foliage can be left over winter to provide an interesting, somewhat decadent or naturalistic (depending on the planting), effect to the garden.
      Cut to the ground in late winter before new growth appears.

      A superior ornamental grass providing both colour and form without being weedy.
      Has a more difinitive presence than the more arching, weeping type grasses, to the extant that it can be used in more formal or rigid designs and makes an ideal, soft, divider or low screen between different areas in the garden.

  • Carex
    • testacea   CAG00168
      Carex testacea
      $12.00earn 60 points

      Low weeping mounds of tough but fine textured, keeled, grassy foliage are tinted bright orange, most intensely over winter, a foliage colour very rarely encountered. Inconsequential tassel-like flowers are borne during spring and blend in amongst the foliage.

      One of the choicest New Zealand sedges and certainly one of the hardier varieties in our climate, easily grown in any soil and tolerant of some drought. Superb when planted with other brightly coloured grassy plants, succulents, as a foil for your favourite purple foliaged shrub or as a feature in a glazed pot.

      Dividing and replanting every couple of years or so, when too many old leaves have accumulated, is a better option than cutting back which leaves unsightly stubble visible for a long period.

  • Miscanthus

    (Silvergrass, Eulalia grass)

    • ’Purpurascens‘   CAG02326
      $12.00earn 60 points

      Perhaps offering the best seasonal colour of any grass, luminous fiery tones in autumn become bright russet and curling in winter all while topped with the fluffy cream seedheads.
      Not to be confused M. sinensis, M. ‘Purpurascens’ is a slow spreader which lends it to mass planting in either natural or formal designs where its soft non-cutting foliage and small stature allows its use even beside paths.

  • Andropogon
    • gerardii   CAG02015

      (Big bluestem, Turkey foot)
      Andropogon gerardii

      A magnificent deciduous grass from the tall grass prairies of North America. Soft, mid to blue green, narrow leaves rise from a dense clump of subterranean corms. Unexciting three parted flowers are borne in Summer but it in Autumn the leaves colour spectacularly, in reds, yellows and oranges.
      Makes an elegant screen, backdrop or cattle feed.
      Very deep rooted and dry tolerant once established.

      Well behaved, long lived, thrives in all but extremely wet soil and extremely low maintenance, cut it to ground level in Winter.

  • Austrostipa
    • mollis   CAG02517

      (Soft spear grass)

      A southern Australian grass that lends itself to creative planting. Stiffly vertical stalks are topped with tapered plumes, dark tinted and feathery in seed then fading to pale straw and becoming stiffly vertical, luminous in low angle light, and lasting for many months above an unobtrusive, low, sparse clump of downy, sage green, linear leaves.

      Stunning in mass, as sometimes still seen in the wild, or scattered through low plantings to add barely there height. Long lived and naturalising on lean, bare soil. A native verge/median strip of grass waving in the breeze is achievable for environment aware gardeners/municipalities.

      Easily grown in any well drained soil, especially low nutrient sands, where after a short establishment period summer water becomes optional. Annual removal of tired plumes may be desirable, otherwise do not cut or mow.

  • Calamagrostis
    • x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’   CAG02016

      A clumping grass of European origin and great repute, discovered by the notable Dutch nurseryman of the same name. A dense clump of gently weeping, rich green, 5mm wide leaves producing many vertical stems bearing tan plumes that are long lasting and age to a rich straw. Unfortunately evergreen in our climate, so we don't get the outstanding seasonal form of colder regions, but a good cut to ground level each autumn will see it fresh and vigorous through winter.

      Easily grown in any soil with moderate summer moisture.

      Has a more definitive presence than more arching, weeping type grasses, to the extant that it can be used in formal or rigid designs and makes an ideal soft, seasonal divider or low screen between different areas in the garden when in flower.

    • foliosa   CAG02254

      (Leafy reedgrass)
      Calamagrostis foliosa

      A small, cool season, shade tolerant grass from northern California that makes a soft mound of blue-green leaves with many gracefully arching, narrow, tan coloured plumes that last for months. Very neat and attractive with an annual trim in autumn as growth commences.

      For any soil with some shelter from midday sun. Occasional drinks through summer would be advisable as I've seen little evidence of drought tolerance but needs further testing.

      Tentatively offered as it seems to greatly resent division and root disturbance, I might not repeat the feat. I would expect greater reliability in cooler mediterranean climes.

  • Carex
    • riparia ‘Coerulea’   CAG00870

      (Blue Sedge)

      An moisture loving, evergreen sedge, forming a radiating clump. Furry, black, tassel-like flower heads are borne on slender stems during Spring. The bluest of the sedges it is an ideal plant for a sunny pond or wet spot in the garden. Grows in wet soil to shallow water (10cm). Requires full sun to maintain good colour.Remove spent tufts as they brown.

  • Chasmanthium


  • Deschampsia
    • cespitosa   CAG00899

      An evergreen, clumping, perennial, cool season grass, native to the Eastern states of Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. Neat mounds of dark green foliage to 30cm high bear feathery sprays of silvery green flowers that age to pale straw and are held well above the foliage.

      Versatile and lovely in cool climates with constantly moist soil. Won't be offered again.

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