Grasses for shade

While most ornamental grasses do best in an open sunny position some lower growing woodland varieties grow perfectly in a shady border and can really brighten up a dull corner of the garden.

Hakonechloa macra Aureola (picture above) (Japanese Forest Grass)
Beautiful cascading clump forming grass with striking dark green striping that always looks stunning in a shady spot or container.   For great effect plant with other ornamental foliage plants such as hostas or Japanese maples. Cut back early spring to allow new shoots to emerge.

Hakonecloa macra ‘Beni Kaze’ .  Burgundy wine coloured tints on foliage in the Autumn.

Hakonechloa macra ‘Stripe It Rich’ (picture below right) A new variety which has refreshing fresh lime stripy leaves.

Stipa arundinacea (Pheasant Tail Grass) (Pictured above left)
This graceful pheasant tail grass can be grown in shade where the foliage stays green but for a striking pinky orange colour grow in full sun. plants do tend to natualize in gardens self seeding them selfs around but causing little trouble!. Native to New Zealand.

Luzula nivea (Snowy Woodrush)
Easy to grow in a shady garden. This woodland rush with hairy leaves has tight clusters of white flowers in the summer time . Native to southern Europe. Can be used as gound cover.

Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses 2023 . Most ready May/June onwards please call or email for availablity.

Arundo Donax (Spanish Giant Reed) (sold out)

Arundo Donax variegated

Calamagrostis brachytricha (Fox Tail Grass)

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Avalanche’ NEW!!

Calamagrostis varia

Carex elata Aurea

Carex oshimensis ‘Everillo’

Carex oshimensis ‘Everest’

Carex testacea

Deschampsia ‘Golden Dew’

Erogrostis trichodes (Sand Love Grass)

Festuca Elijah Blue

Festuca ‘Intense Blue’

Hakenocloa Aureoa

Hakenocloa macra (Japanese Forest Grass)

Helictotrichon sempervirens

Imperata cylindrica Red Baron

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Cosmopolitian’

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Ferner Osten’

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Purple Falls’

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Brazil’

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Grassillumus’

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Flamingo’

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Malpartus’

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’

Miscanthus nepalensis

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Rotsilber’

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Cabaret’

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Silberfeder’

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Sunlit Satin’ NEW!!

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’

Molinia caerulea ‘Transparant’

Muhlenbergia capillaris (Pink Hair Grass) NEW!!

Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens

Luzula nivea (Snowy Woodrush)

Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’

Panicum virgatum ‘Shenadoah’

Panicum virgatum ‘Warrior’

Panicum virgatum ‘Hot Rod’ NEW!!

Panicum virgatum ‘Squaw’

Panicum ‘Northwind’

Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’

Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Mouldry’

Pennisetum orientale

Pennisetum orientale ‘Tall Tails’

Pennisetum orientale ‘Karly Rose’

Pennisetum ‘Red Head’

Pennisetum thunbergii ‘Red Buttons’

Pennisetum villosum

Pennisetum ‘Fairy Tails’

Pennisetum ‘Burgundy Bunny’ New!!

Pennisetum Rubrum

Stipa pseudoichu

Stipa Arundinacea

Stipa Calamagrostis

Stipa gigantea

Stipa tenuissima