I just love ornamental grass in the garden and here are three of my favorite grasses for shady parts of your garden.
Milium effusum ‘Aureum’ (Bowles’ golden grass)
Milium effusum ‘ Aureum’ is an elegant and beautiful grass for a shady position, the tiny flowers are borne on hair thin stems and raise their heads clear of the foliage. Looks wonderful with Pulmonaria and Persicaria bistorta ‘ Superba’
HEIGHT/SPREAD: 60cm x 30cm
ORIGINS: Native to the British Isles
SOIL: Prefers humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil
FLOWERING SEASON: April to June
Melica altissima ‘Alba’
Melica altissima ‘ Alba’ although it looks like a relatively simple plant , this grass has the capacity to bring alive a woodland or shady spot in your garden.
The flowers are like individual grains of white rice, suspended on slender wiry stems and tremble in the slightest breeze. Threaded through other woodland flowers, they give a light, transparency and texture. Either grow as an individual plant or as a swaying clump, they make a good contrast along the course of a woodland path.
HEIGHT/SPREAD: 60cm x 30cm.
ORIGINS: Found in alkaline woodlands across Europe to Russia.
SOIL: Prefers well-drained alkaline to neutral soil in shady aspect. Drought tolerant but resents excessive winter wet.
FLOWERING SEASON: April-June.
One of the most eye-catching of small grass, forming elegant arching clumps of green foliage, grassy leaves that fade to bronze in autumn. Looks wonderful at the front of a border or a specimen plant in a container.
HEIGHT/SPREAD: 40cm x 45cm
ORIGINS: A small, ornamental grass native to the wet, rocky cliffs of Japan’s Honshu Island,
SOIL: moist, humus-rich soil
FLOWERING SEASON: August to October
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