Grasses

Below is our current list of grasses in stock. With neary 100 new additions across the whole plant list hopefully you will find something for your own garden. There are other pot sizes available for some of them and some plants are not listed as we have limited numbers. If you are looking for something not on the list, please get in touch.


Anemanthele

Anemanthele lessoniana

This is a semi-evergreen grass which forms a clump of slender leaves which turn brown and red in late summer to autumn. The leaves are arching intermingles with sprays of tiny red-brown flowers. H 60cm, S 60cm.                  9cm pot           £3.50


Anthoxanthum

Anthoxanthum odoratum

“Sweet vernal-grass” is a short, loosely tufted, perennial grass. It is the earliest grass to flower in a meadow; its yellowish green spike-like heads typically appearing in early May. It has short, broad leaves which have the scent of freshly cut hay with a hint of vanilla (hence ‘sweet’ in its name).

H 100cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

  

Arrhenatherum

Arrhenatherum elatius var. bulbosum 'Variegatum'

A deciduous, tufted variegated grass which will spread if given the chance. Makes great ground cover with its green and white leaves and panicles of oat like grass in summer. It is also good in a pot where it can be contained. H 30cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50


Calamagrostis

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Avalanche’

An upright and gracefully arching grass with purple-green flowers turning golden in late summer over variegated foliage. Good winter interest. Any reasonable soil in sun or semi-shade. H 1.5m, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.50            

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’

A superb, architectural, wind-tolerant grass with a very long season of interest that will stand right through winter and continue to provide a strong vertical accent in the border in sun or light shade and any reasonable soil. H 2m, S 45 cm.                    2L pot          £7.50

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’  

A clump-forming, upright grass with variegated leaves with pink tints. Fairly wind tolerant in sun and any soil. H 1.8m, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.50

Calamagrostis brachytricha

This is one of my favourite grasses with a literal explosion of pink-tinged, open, feathery seed heads that stand to attention in a sunny spot. The flowerheads appear in late summer and persist well into winter, with the whole plant turning a deep bronze in colour. Plant in sun or light shade in moist but well-drained soil. H 1m, S 45cm.                 9cm pot          £3.50


Carex

Carex ‘Ice Dance’

A tough little plant with stiff, wide dark glossy green leaves edged cream. Best in moist well-drained soil but quite tolerant of dry shade and looks good all year round. Good for groundcover and in time makes a dense impenetrable thicket. H 30cm, S 45cm.                     1.5L pot          £6.00

Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’ AGM

A neat grass forming low, evergreen clumps 60cm wide and leaves 1.5cm wide, with a pale- cream centre. Tolerant of shade or some sun, plant beneath coppiced shrubs for winter interest. H 30cm, S 30cm.                  9cm pot          £3.50

        

Chionochloa

Chionochloa rubra

New Zealand grass forming an open, arching tussock of tough, coppery-red leaves that colour up well on dry soils. The spent seedheads create an interesting effect through winter. For full sun and good drainage and looks great in a pot. One of the most resilient and good-looking grasses available.

H 80cm, S 90cm.                     1L pot          £5.50

          

Deschampsia

Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Bronzeschleier’ (Bronze Veil)

A strictly clump-forming grass creating a nice, dark-green tuft, topped by long stems carrying a billowing mass of finely textured bronze inflorescences in mid- to late summer. Good with a multitude of perennials or planted en masse. H 120cm, S 45cm.                   1L pot          £5.50

Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Coral Cloud’

Dense, evergreen clumps of slender foliage with elegant sprays of flower-spikes emerging in early summer. Plant in semi shade in moist well drained soil. H 1.2m, S 45cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Garnet Schist’  

A very early-flowering clone raised and selected here, used in Nigel Dunnett’s show garden and launched officially at Chelsea in 2012! The grass has an upright, graceful habit and lovely, shimmering, ruby-coloured seed heads from early May that turn gold then parchment later. 1.2m in sun or shade and all but the driest of soils. H 1.2m, S 45cm.                     9cm pot          £3.50

Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’ (Golden Dew)

A shorter, more compact cultivar with a shimmering mass of finely textured, pale-green flowerheads in mid-summer.

H 80cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Tauträger’

Tall, arching stems, topped with compact heads of silvery flowers, followed by buttery-yellow seed heads. H 1.2m, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50


Elymus

Elymus magellanicus

Very attractive South American grass forming an eye-catching clump of intense, powdery-blue, lax leaves that excels in poor, dry soil and full sun. Great with Erysimum and Euphorbia for early spring interest or later with Phlomis and Salvia. H 40cm, S 45cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50


Festuca  

Festuca glauca

The Blue Fescue produces dense tufts of glaucous blue, wiry leaves that will be conspicuously attractive as a specimen plant or edging for a border or simply in a pot. H 30cm, S 30cm.                     2L pot          £6.50

Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’  

Tufty little evergreen blue grass. Good for contemporary plantings and gravel gardens. Full sun and well-drained light soil.  

H 25cm, S30cm.                    2L pot          £6.50


Helictotrichon

Helictotrichon sempervirens AGM  

Spiky, clump-forming evergreen, blue grass that looks good all year. Excellent in gravel gardens, its straw-coloured flower stems look amazing with Knautia in mid-summer. Prefers full sun and a warm, sheltered position with good drainage and eventually forming a spectacular focal point.

H1.2m, S 45cm.                     2L pot          £7.50

           

Juncus

Juncus effusus f spiralis

An evergreen rush with curious cork-screw like spiral growth forming a bushy clump which thrives in damp to wet soil. Ideal for boggy ground or the margins of ponds. Insignificant flowers appear in summer. Can also be grown in a pot. H 30cm, S 30cm.                     1L pot          £5.50


Luzula  

Luzula nivea

“Snowy woodrush” Short wands of fluffy, white flowers in early summer over softly hairy, dark-green leaves. A tough, evergreen ground cover grass for dry shade with Hellebores beneath trees. One of my favourites. H 50cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Luzula sylvatica

Thick tussocks of 2cm wide, glossy, dark-green leaves with tall flower stems carrying loose-forked clusters of warm chestnut-brown flowers in spring to early summer. Handsome ground cover in damp or dry shade. H 80cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £6.50

Luzula sylvatica ‘Hohe Tatra’

Upright, broad, evergreen, acid greenish-yellow leaves in winter and spring, becoming greener in summer. Tall spikes of chestnut-brown flowers.

H 60cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00


Melica

Melica nutans

Dainty grain like white flowers contrast very effectively with fresh green foliage. Especially useful in gardens during the earlier part of the season in shady areas and quiet corners. Will tolerate clay soils and cold exposed conditions. H 35cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50

Melica uniflora f Albida

An attractive grass with neat clumps of soft green foliage and fine sprays of white tiny flowers. Very effective planted among ferns and hostas in shade.

H 60cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50


Milium

Milium effusum ‘Aureum’ AGM (Bowles Golden Grass)  

Partially drought tolerant grass with vibrant, bright, fresh golden yellow leaves in early spring. Good in a shady spot but colours best in full sun. Cut back after flowering to rejuvenate the fresh golden foliage. Self-seeds. Good with Iris sibirica which flowers at the same time.

H 90cm when in flower, S 30cm.                   9cm pot          £3.50

        

Miscanthus

Clump-forming grasses that are both graceful and architectural. Many have eye-catching, metallic flower heads and superb autumn colour, some make a real statement in the border with their broad leaves and statuesque form, while others are more elegant and petite. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil but are tolerant of light shade, perhaps not flowering as well.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Herman Mussel'

An attractive, upright, clump forming grass with bold, strap shaped leaves with a prominent white midrib arching at the tips and turning yellow in autumn. Panicles of erect, silky, pinkish flowerheads, ageing to a fluffy, silvery-white. H 180cm, S 120cm.                     1L pot          £5.50

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Kleine Fontäne’ AGM

Silver-red flower panicles rise above narrow, arching leaves in late summer. Moist but well-drained soil in full sun.

H 1.2m, S 45cm.                   2L pot          £7.50


Molinia

Although Molinia prefer moist soil, I have found that they do equally well on poor, sandy soil, and cultivars such as Molinia ‘Heidebraut’ will happily stand all the way through winter in an east-facing garden, where they look quite spectacular backlit by the early morning sun. Try with coppiced willow and white-stemmed birch.

Molinia caer. subsp. arundinacea ‘Cordoba’  

Upright, arching flowerheads emerge in July and slowly turn to a vibrant butterscotch in October. Impressive when backlit!

H 2m, S 45cm.                     3L pot          £8.50

Molinia caer. subsp. arundinacea ‘Fontäne’

A tall, graceful, arching grass from a grassy clump with long stems of seed heads that move and sway in the breeze. Fantastic grown through other perennials or lower grasses, where it will provide height whilst at the same time cascading down on to those below. Sun or light shade in any reasonable soil. H 2m, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.50

Molinia caer. subsp. arundinacea ‘Karl Foerster’  

A clump-forming plant producing a deciduous, grassy mound from which rise tall, divergent flowering stems. In a good season the foliage changes from dark green, through bronze and golden yellow before finally turning parchment prior to collapse in late autumn. H 2m, S 45cm.              3L pot          £8.50

Molinia caer. subsp. arundinacea ‘Skyracer’

One of the tallest Moor grasses introduced by Kurt Bluemel with only slightly arching, vertical stems and carrying fine seed heads, turning rich butter-yellow in autumn. For moist soil in sun or light shade. Beautiful when backlit by the early morning sun. H 2.2m, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.50

Molinia caer. subsp. arundinacea ‘Transparent’  

Beautiful, upright, divergent grass with fresh green leaf blades and tall, narrow stems of lovely, open seed heads creating a see-through effect. Grow through other perennials with something brighter behind to create a multi-layered, veiled effect. Spectacular when covered in early morning dew. Sun or light shade in any reasonable soil. H 2m, S 45cm.                    3L pot          £8.50

Molinia caer. subsp. arundinacea ‘Windspiel’  

Clump-forming grass with purple flower panicles in summer above linear, green leaves turning yellow in autumn. Moist but well-drained soil in full sun.

H 1.4m, S 45cm.                     2L pot          £7.50

Molinia caer. subsp. caerulea ‘Dauerstrahl’

Upright but widely arching grass that makes quite a prominent statement in the border when grown as a specimen. Moist soil in sun or light shade.

H 80cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot           £5.50

Molinia caer. subsp. caerulea ‘Edith Dudszus’  

Upright grass with airy, see-through flower panicles and brilliant, bronze winter colour. Will stand right through winter until the following spring and makes an effective punctuation mark in the border. Very effective when side lit by early morning sun. H 1m, S 30cm.                     2L pot          £7.50

Molinia caer. subsp. caerulea ‘Heidebraut’

Surely one of the best and most reliable cultivars, forming an upright clump with airy, see-through flower panicles and brilliant, bronze winter colour. Will stand right through winter until the following spring and makes an effective punctuation mark in the border. H 1.2m, S 30cm.                     2L pot          £7.50

Molinia caer. subsp. caerulea ‘Moorhexe’

Short, upright grass with a very strong vertical form. Superbly architectural and good autumn colour of golden bronze that persists through winter. Good with Lavender ‘Hidcote’ and Allium ‘Purple Sensation’. Any reasonable soil and sun or partial shade. H 60cm, S 30cm.                     1L pot           £5.50

Molinia caer. subsp. caerulea ‘Strahlenquelle’

A lovely plant with strongly arching, pendent green-to-purple flower heads that cascade down on to surrounding plants and useful for creating yet another veiled effect in the border. Good with the upright terminal clusters of Monarda. H 80cm, S 30cm.                     1L pot           £5.50

Molinia caer. subsp. caerulea ‘Variegata’ AGM   

Cream-and-green striped foliage forming a great arching clump that works well as a specimen or complements the coppiced stems of willow or against a dark background. For moist soil in sun or light shade. H 80cm, S 30cm.                    2L pot          £7.50


Panicum (Switch grass)

Reliable grasses that are warm-season growers requiring good drainage and sun to flower well in Scotland. Generally, they are grown for their clouds of metallic, bead-like flowers and autumn colour.

Panicum virgatum ‘Strictum’

An upright architectural cultivar with grey green leaves turning yellow with reddish tints in autumn and reddish flowers on a taller plant.

H 1.5m, S 45cm.                1L pot           £5.50


Phaenosperma

Phaenosperma globosa

Handsome, broad, pleated, dark-green, evergreen leaves. Tall flower stems grow high above the foliage, hung with tiny flower spikes maturing to shiny round seeds, from August to October. Good in shade. H 1.5m, S 1m.                      2L pot          £7.50


Phalaris

Phalaris arundinacea ‘Feesey’  

Much-maligned grass that looks good for months when grown in a pot or island bed to restrict its invasive growth habit. Dark green-striped, fresh white leaves flushed pink from spring until early winter. The fresh white colour is much better than ‘Picta’. H 75cm, S 60cm.               2L pot          £6.50

Sesleria

Sesleria caerulea

“Blue Moor grass”. A much under used attractive native grown chiefly for its evergreen foliage and tidy mounds of blue green leaves being distinctly lighter glaucous blue on the upper surface and darker green below. Drought tolerant in sun or light shade. H 20cm, S 30cm.              1L pot           £5.50


Stipa

Stipa tenuissima  

A lovely clump-forming grass with soft, tactile stems that sway in the slightest breeze. For full sun and well-drained soil. Outstanding with a multitude of other plants, including Coreopsis, Potentilla, Knautia, Salvia and Sedum to name but a few, or with the strongly contrasting architectural forms of Phormium or Yucca. H 60cm, S 30cm.                   1L pot           £5.50







The Quirky Bird says:

Grasses add texture, movement and colour through the year with their foliage, flowers and seed heads. They are especially useful in autumn and winter where their flower stems look great in the winter sun or adorned with a dusting of frost. Many are evergreen, again adding interest right through the year.

Grasses are available in the following pot sizes: 9 cm, 1 litre, 2 litre and 3 litres. They can be planted at any time of year as long as the ground isn’t frozen or water logged. In summer water plants regularly until established.

Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea 'Variegata'










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