grasses offered at the nursery are those known to perform well in the
north of Scotland. Grasses add form and movement in the garden and many
will extend the season, providing interest throughout the winter months.
Particularly valuable in windy sites and indispensable in mixed border
designs. They are tolerant of most soil conditions.
available by mail order
calamagrostis (syn. Stipa calamagrostis) Silver spear grass
Strong growing grass with abundant arching flower stems from mid summer,
silver, turning tawny as they age. Height and spread to 1 m. Price Code
lessoniana (syn. Stipa arundinacea) - Pheasant grass
Good evergreen plant with shiny dark green leaves developing strong rich
red and gold tints. In cold winters foliage will bleach. Cut back hard
when this occurs. Flowerheads light and carried above main leaf clump
(may self seed). Happiest in sun and sheltered site. Height 60 cm. Spread
1m. Price Code G9
media - Quaking grass
Narrow evergreen clump of blue-green leaves from which are produced open
panicles of golden locket-shaped spikelets on long stalks. These catch
the wind and are good for flower arrangements. Height to 60 cm. Spread
30 cm. Price Code G9
x acutiflora ' Karl Foerster'
Strong vertical grass. Semi-evergreen foliage eclipsed by abundant narrow
flowerheads which, when dry, stand throughout the winter months. Height
to 1.2m. Code GL.
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam'
A finely variegated
form of the above.
brachytricha (syn. Stipa brachytricha) - Diamond grass
An easy attractive grass, clumps of green leaves streaked, in spring and
autumn, with russet, from which rise tall, pinkish-grey feathery flowerheads.
Height to 1.2m, spread 80cm plus. Price Code G9
Unlike the previous two grasses, this Calamagrostis has extremely ornamental
drooping flowerheads. Height to 1.5m
Carex atrata - The Jet sedge
Blue-green tidy foliage and decorative black, cylindrical, drooping flowerheads.
Height 25cm, slowly spreading. Good for stabilizing banks. Price Code
buchananii - Leather leaf sedge; Red fox sedge
An erect plant with almost cylindrical red-brown leaves which curl at
the tips. Distinctive, but needs full sun to achieve the best colour.
Height and spread 50 cm. Price Code G9
comans 'Frosted Curls'
A mophead of a grass with long narrow leaves which curl as they grow and
age. Good in upright containers or overhanging water or walls. Height
40 cm. Spread to 75 cm. Price Code G9
A neat smooth green, tinged russet, grass with ornamental black seedheads.
Height to 30cm.
Evergreen clump forming mophead with ginger highlights. Height 50cm. Spread
60cm plus. Price Code G9
morrowii 'Ice Dance'
Good variegated sedge with narrow white borders to the evergreen leaves.
Slowly spreading height 45cm
Carex oshimensis 'Variegata'
variegated sedge. Broad creamy white stripe down midrib. Makes compact
mound. Height to 15cm.
pendula - Weeping sedge
Strong evergreen clumps of broad foliage and decorative pendulous flower
heads. Best for wet ground and pond margins. Height to 1m, spreading.
Evergreen mophead developing a rich orange colour when grown in full sun.
Has brown flower spikes. Height and spread 50cm. Price Code G9
trifida - Mutton bird sedge
Strong growing grass with broad, shiny bright green leaves. Forms impressive
evergreen clump. Height to 1m. Price Code GL
flexuosa (syn. Avenella flexuosa) - Wavy hair grass
Dense clumps of narrow green leaves and silvery flower panicles. Happiest
in acid soils, Can produce copious seed. Height 30cm, spread 25cm. Price
caespitose - Tufted hair grass
Dense neat clumps of arching slender leaves over which are held fluffy
cloud-like panicles. Height and spread to 1m. Price Code G9
A striking blue leaved grass happiest in well drained soil and sun. Height
80cm. Height to 60cm.
amethystina - Sheep's fescue
Slender blue-green leaves which will display purple colouring after flowering.
Violet flower spikelets held above the leaves. Height 45cm, spread 30cm.
Price Code G9
glauca - Blue fescue
An excellent, intense blue, fescue. Dense wiry evergreen clumps of blue
foliage, with light upright open flower heads appearing in late spring
and maturing pale tan. Best colour develops in full sun and poor dry soil.
Height and spread 30cm. Price Code G9
Deciduous grass. Drooping deep green leaves turn shades of orange and
red in autumn. Cut back as new leaves emerge. Height 30cm, spread 40cm.
Price Code G9
ovatus - Hare's Tail Grass
Annual ornamental grass with soft fluffy flowerheads, suitable for drying.
Price Code O7
ciliata - Eyelash Pearl Grass
Stiff, narrow foliage with upright flower spikes with silvery hairs. Height
to 60 cm.
Variegated melic bearing delicate, narrow flowerheads in spring. Height
to 40cm, slowly spreading.
effusum 'Aureum' - Bowles' golden grass
A soft yellow grass to brighten any partially shaded area. Best cut down
in early spring. Height to 60cm, spread 40cm. Price Code G9
Strong, spreading miscanthus, requiring full sun and damp soil. This far
north its robust nature is somewhat tempered, but can reach impressive
heights in a good summer. Height to 2m plus. Spreading.
of many Miscanthus cultivars will not occur this far north; some may not
flower reliably. I am presently growing a number of cultivars to establish
those that will flower well here. The following Chinese Silver Grass are
Early to flower with lovely fluffy, pink-tinged plumes. Slender foliage.
A fountain of graceful narrow foliage, best placed to give it room to
show itself off! Can flower in warm summers and sheltered sites. Height
1.2 - 1.5m.
M. sinensis 'Malepartus'
Strong growing miscantus
with good flower form and autumn colour. Height to 1.2m
sinensis 'Morning Light'
Slender, upright leaves edged with white. Good in containers. Height 1
Strong miscanthus with striking silver flowerheads. Height to 1.75m.
Tall with long broad ribbon-like foliage held aloft on strong stems. Striking
throughout winter. Height 1.2m plus.
Strong upright stems with arching foliage striped with cream bands. Needs
sun to develop good banding. Height 1.2m.
transmorrisonensis - Taiwanese miscanthus
Narrow glossy dark green leaves form dense clumps from which tawny flower
heads rise to be held high above the foliage. Height to 1.5m. Steadily
caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Transparent'
Slim clump forming grass with light airy panicles on strong stems. Height
caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Windspiel'
Light green foliage from which rise numerous stems holding large open
heads of dancing spikelets, these catch the wind and shimmer throughout
the summer. Flowerheads break off in early winter. Height 1.5 - 1.75m.
elegens - 'Frosted Explosion'
Fast growing annual grass with open, airy flower panicles. Good container
grass for shimmering effect. To 80cm. Price code O7
heufleriana - Green moor grass
Spring flowering grass with evergreen leaves, silvery beneath, which makes
a compact mound. Metallic purple flowering spikes held high above the
foliage. Height and spread 30cm. Price Code G9
nitidia (syn Sesleria glauca) Grey moor grass
Attractive evergreen grass, with long smooth grey-green leaves forming
sturdy clumps. Flowers are held high above the foliage in spring. Height
to 60 cm. Price Code GL
barbata 'Silver Feather'
Very ornamental upright grass producing long featherlike awns which release
a sharp seed. Does not tolerate competition. Height and spread 75 cm.
capillata 'Lace Veil'
Dense clumps of erect grey-green foliage with many silvery flowerheads
held stiffly above the leaves. Height and spread 60 cm. Price Code G9
gigantea - Spanish oat grass
Spectacular specimen plant. A clump of dense evergreen narrow leaves give
rise to numerous long strong stems bearing large golden spikelets which
catch the sun and wind. These last into autumn. Height to 2.2 m. Spread
A taller form of Stipa tenuissima, plenty of billowing feathery seed heads.
To 1 m.
Tight clumps of needle thin foliage and flowerheads comprised of long
feathery awns streaming out. Place in an open position to appreciate it
at its best. Height to 80cm, spread 40cm.
Similar to Stipa barbata, with fuller flowers which are held on mass to
give a fabulous display, sadly only lasting a few weeks in summer. Height
and spread to 1.2m
tenuissima 'Pony Tails'
A true evergreen needlegrass. Fine bright green leaves form an arching
clump from which feathery plumes are produced in abundance. The whole
plant responds to the slightest breeze. Elegant and very tempting to touch.
Good in containers. Height and spread to 60 cm. Price Code G9
egremontiana - Orange hook sedge
Low clump-forming grass with rich mahogany coloured foliage.
Abundant seedheads produced, and will seed where happy. Does best in sun.
Height and spread to 30cm.
rubra -Red Hood Sedge
Dark foliage with red tinge. Good for sunny dry spots.Lovely container
specimen. Height to 30cm
21 March, 2014