Ornamental Grasses III

grasszea (296x300)Zea mays ‘Field of Dreams’ – An ornamental corn often used as a focal point in the center of mixed containers. It is an annual grass with broad green leaves generously striped in white, with pink highlights on the edges. They occasionally produce small 6″ long cobs of blue, yellow or burgundy corn. Quite easy to grow from seed. Grows 3-4′ high in large containers by 18″ wide. Annual.

grasstrailingbamboo (292x300)Agrostis stolonifera ‘Green Twist’ – Despite the common name of Trailing Bamboo, this is actually a creeping bentgrass and it is not recommended for in-ground use as it can be invasive in warmer regions. It is however a superb choice for hanging baskets (as a solitary specimen) or window boxes with its twisted stems of trailing green leaves. Grows 6-8″ high by 24-36″. Zone 7.

grassyakujima (278x300)Miscanthus sinensis ‘Yaku Jima’ – A dwarf Japanese Silver Grass that is somewhat similar to ‘Adagio’ but is slightly taller with thinner leaf blades. The elegant buff plumes emerge (with a hint of red) in late summer (usually August-September) and fade to a feathery silver by late autumn. These should be retained as a winter display. Grows 3 to 4′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 5.

grasscarexsparkler (300x296)Carex phyllocephala ‘Sparkler’ – This sedge gives the appearance of a cluster of miniature variegated (deep green with white edges) palm trees and adds interest to any mixed container. It is a Japanese introduction with unimpressive green brush-like flowers from May to June. Prefers part to full shade with evenly moist soil. Grows 12-18″ high by 12-15″ wide. Hardy to zone 7.

grass (300x286)Hakonechloa macra ‘Nicolas’ – This green form of Japanese Forest Grass is somewhat similar to ‘Beni-kaze’ and takes on spectacular tones of red and orange at the onset of cooler weather in the fall. It is a good choice as a solitary container specimen as the blades will arch gracefully over the edge. Prefers part shade and is clumping. Grows 10″ high by 18-24″ wide. Zone 5.

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