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 sound cover.

Grasses 2018

Not everyone likes flowering plants and adding an area of ornamental grasses to your garden can be very effective. Grasses are said to be calming and they are ideal for wildlife gardens and gravel gardens. Most grasses like a sunny position in a well-drained soil but there are varieties that will flourish in all kinds of soils and conditions and are relatively trouble free if not over-crowded.

Arundo Donax
Arundo Donax variegated
Calamagrostis brachytricha
Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’
Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’
Calamagrostis varia
Carex elata Aurea
Carex oshimensis ‘Everillo’ NEW!!
Carex oshimensis ‘Everest’ NEW !!
Carex testecea
Deschampsia flexuosa Tatra Gold
Festuca Elijah Blue
Hakenocloa Aureoa
Hakenocloa Macra ‘Beni Kaze’
Hakenocloa ‘Stripe It Rich’ NEW!!
Helictotrichon sempervirens
Imperata cylindrica Red Baron
Elymus Magellanica
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Cute one’
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Cosmopolitian’
Miscanthus sinensis ‘China’
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Grassillumus’
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gold Bar’
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gnome’
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Malpartus’
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’
Miscanthus nepalensis
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Rotsilber’
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Silberfeder’
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Dixieland’
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’
Molinia caerulea ‘Transparant’
Molinia caerulea ‘Skyracer’
Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens
Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’
Panicum virgatum ‘Shenadoah’
Panicum virgatum ‘Warrior’
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Herbstzauber’
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’
Stipa pseudoichu NEW
Stipa Arundinacea
Stipa Calamagrostis
Uncinia rubra ‘Everflame’