Miscanthus sinensis ‘Super Stripe’ – A compact Japanese Silver Grass with tightly-packed horizontal gold foliage bands that gleam in the sun. It bears coppery plumes on 7′ high flower scapes and blooms earlier than other Miscanthus sinensis. ‘Super Stripe’ has good winter appeal as the banding still shows as lighter tan markings. Grows 4′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Carex dolichostachya ‘Gold Fountains’ (syn. ‘Kaga-nishiki’) – This clumping evergreen sedge forms a symmetrical mound of bright green leaves with thin gold margins. The brown flowers are insignificant and are usually pruned out, as this is primarily a foliage plant. It is best grown in partial sun but tolerates sun in coastal BC. Grows 1′ high by 18-20″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Hakonechloa macra ‘Beni-Kaze’ – With a Japanese name that translates as ‘Red Wind’ you know that the foliar colour and plant movement come into play here. This Japanese Forest Grass emerges a bright green, picking up red highlights through summer and shifting to burgundy, orange and gold in the fall. It is an herbaceous species. Grows 18″ high by 24-30″ wide. Z6.
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Foxtrot’ (syn. ‘Japonicum’) – A taller cultivar of Fountain Grass with large 4-6″ long purple-tinted bottlebrush plumes borne in midsummer. While somewhat narrow, the green leaves are broader than ‘Hameln’ and form an upright arching mound. It is a Kurt Bluemel selection that is long lived and not prone to self-seeding. Grows 4-5′ high. Zone 5.
Carex comans MILK CHOCOLATE (syn. ‘Milchoc’) – As the name implies, the fine evergreen foliage of this sedge is an eye-catching milk chocolate colour. It forms an arching symmetrical mound, making it ideal for using in mass displays. It prefers part to full sun and may show a pinkish foliage tinge at times. Deer resistant. Grows 16″ high by 18″ wide. Hardy to zone 7.