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Miscanthus probe

Well, Alan – this post has finally been uploaded. You have been patiently asking me to get a closer view of this big question mark – my bold grass and centre piece of my grass feature. I have done a close up inspection of my Miscanthus Sinensis Gracillimus (it was labelled and sold to me as this!). I know that the last post I did of my Grass Feature update you did question this, so here we are! A up close and personal – and I also found more than I bargained for … check it out!





Oh, what have we here? Lots of hidden treasures …



On closer inspection…. Buffy, what are you doing under there??





Well, Buffy is as proud as punch and was happy to pose for me with her egg stash, but don’t tell her that they won’t hatch – she is a real mother hen. At a ripe age (for a chicken, I guess) of 5 years old she can still lay a beautiful egg! Oh, but she is standing in my dry river bed – not an egg clutch!! 🙂

Ok, but getting back to the mystery grass – is it a Miscanthus or not? Maybe we will get it right! Should I get closer photos of the blades? Let me know…

Thanks Alan, for your constant interest in all we do in our Two Gardens – we are both better gardeners for it!

Happy Gardening xxx

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My Grass Feature

I am impatiently waiting to tackle my Grass Feature in my front garden. It is now a clear patch – I had to remove all the stones I had placed for my ‘dry river bed’ feature, because we had to dig this weekend two big holes for our two Leopard trees. I never thought it was going to be such mission. The ground was rock hard and impossible to penetrate. We had to throw water overnight to soften the hard, clay soil. Well, to my dismay – we still have to finish the holes. I did, however, get bags of compost and mulch and a weed guard this weekend, so hopefully my garden will be beautiful before the Easter Weekend. Hold thumbs!!

In the meantime, I’m going to share with you the grasses I bought. I had to do some research to ensure I position them all correctly, depending on their final heights and spreads. I have seen some gorgeous images on the web, so I have bought some really stunning grasses! I will add the photos and describe each grass below.


[one_half_last]Miscanthus Sinensis GracillimusMiscanthus Gracillimus[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Sisyrinchium BlueSisyrinchium Blue[/one_half]

[one_half_last]CalamagrostisCalamagrostis Karl Foerster[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Eragrostis CurvulaEragrostis Curvula[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Panicum Virgatum-ShenandoahPanicum Virgatum[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Imperata Cylindrica-Red BarronImperata Cylindrica[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Pennisetum-Red ButtonsPennisetum[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Carex-Amazon MistCarex Amazon Mist[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Carex-BuchaniiCarex Buchanii[/one_half_last]

Miscanthus sinensis Gracillimus only produces plumes every 3 or 5 years. One of the tallest ornamental grasses. The height of its foliage reaches 80 inches and,when in bloom, the beige plumes increase that height to 100 inches. This is a compact plant with a spread of 32 inches wide and is hardy. Grow this plant solely for the height of it foliage, and consider the plumes an occasional bonus.

Sisyrinchium angustifolium, blue-eyed grass. 10″. Blue-eyed grass grows in tufts of flat, grass-like foliage with little clusters of blue, star-like flowers. It is not really a grass but a member of the Iris family.

Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass – A stiff, erect habit is the defining feature of this grass, named after the famous German plantsman who introduced it to the public in the 1950s. Plant it en masse to form a feathery screen, or in small groups to add height and definition to a perennial border. Full sun or partial shade, grows very fast, hardy and flowers early summer to autumn. This is one of the earliest perennial grasses to get going, with shoots appearing in early spring, followed by flowers that are green first, then fade to buff. Eventual height 1.8m and spread 0.6m.

Eragrostis curvula ‘Totnes Burgundylove grass – A Beautiful mound-forming perennial grass with arching leaves that turn wine-red as they mature. In late summer and early autumn it produces masses of grey, nodding spikelets. A fabulous new ornamental grass that looks great grown in a sunny border. It copes well with drought once established and the flowers look lovely in dried flower arrangements. Full sun and a hardy grass. Eventual height is 90cm and spread 90cm.

Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ switch grass -Easily mistaken for Japanese Blood grass (Imperata cylindrica Rubra), this grass starts off with green, strap-like leaves that turn red at the tips in June, and produces light, airy flower panicles in summer. In autumn, the foliage turns a spectacular deep burgundy. It likes full sun, and unlike Imperata, can cope with dry summers. Try it in small groups among taller grasses, or against tall perennials. Height 90cm and spread 90cm and is a slow grower.

Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’ blood grass (syn. Red Baron) – Blood-red spikes that fade to bright green at the base and become transluscent with age make this grass a spectacular addition to the perennial border. It takes a while to strut its stuff, but in late summer, it shines like a jewel before it dies back. Imperata cylindrica is particularly effective planted with other grasses, or shown off in a container. Evenutual height is 40cm and spread is 30cm. Full sun or part shade, slow to grow.

Pennisetum messiacum ‘Red Buttons’ (Red buttons fountaingrass) – The species inhabits the wide open savannas of Africa, and this distinctive red flowered cultivar will flourish in your garden, given a well drained sunny locale. Waving bushy, warm-colored inflorescences that eventually lighten to a creamy tan, the delicate slender stems rise high above graceful flowing mounds of broad maroon-tinted green blades. Long blooming ‘Red Buttons’ can endure hot dry conditions, but not terribly cold winters. Height 90cm

Carex is a genus of plants in the family Cyperaceae, commonly known as sedges. Most (but not all) sedges are found in wetlands such as; marshes, calcareous fens, bogs and other peatlands, pond and stream banks, riparian zones, and even ditches; where they are often the dominant vegetation.