GRASSES FROM BIDE-A-WEE

Grasses are in fashion, what a shame! How I would hate to be a follower of fashion. Graminifolius plants are for us, a vital ingredient in the art of composing the garden landscape. There are over 10,000 species of grass alone giving species for every location, whether it is for architectural accents, filling or drifting. Living in a landscape dominated by grasses why should we grow them in the garden? Generally they are trouble free and our climate is suited to them and they assimilate the garden into the pastoral landscape, requiring only an annual demonstration of your coiffeur skills combing out the dead foliage and knots.

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ALOPECURUS POACEAE
pratensis `Aureovariegatus`
. Golden variegated Meadow Foxtail, stripped yellow foliage in low tussocks, with slender stems topped with fox brush flower heads for sun or partial shade and tolerant of dry soil. £2.50
GARDEN ORIGIN

ARRHENATHERUM POACEAE
elatius subsp. bulbosum 'Variegatum'
. Striped bulbous oat grass, tall narrow foliage edged brilliant white, growing up to 18ins with bulbous stem bases, for fertile soil in full sun. £3.00
GARDEN ORIGIN

CAREX CYPERACEAE
elata `Aurea` AGM
. NEW FOR 2004 Bowles` Golden Sedge. Clump forming grassy foliage of intense golden yellow providing a beacon of light, for full sun in damp soil, or partial shade, growing to 18ins. £4.50
GARDEN ORIGIN

pendula. Pendulous sedge, broad corrugated foliage, rising to form an evergreen fountain with 3ft fishing rods that weep with the weight of the catkin like flowers that develop into seeds, remaining well into winter, for sun or shade, wind shelter preserves foliage, tolerant of dry soil. £3.75
EUROPE TO NORTH AFRICA, BRITAIN

muskinguriensis `Oehme`. Variegated Palm Sedge, the foliage is whorled around the stem held 24ins aloft, for full sun in moist fertile soil growing to 18ins. £3.75
GARDEN ORIGIN

CHASMANTHIUM POACEAE
latifolium
. NEW FOR 2004 (Northern sea Oates). An open 3ft column of broad foliage producing flat drooping panicles of oat like heads. A native of woodland therefore requires Rich moist soil in partial shade. £3.75
SOUTH EAST UNITED STATES, MEXICO

DACTYLIS POACEAE
glomerata 'Variegata'
. Variegated Cocksfoot, an extremely robust plat with white banding to the foliage, for full sun and tolerant of poor dry soil growing to 18ins. £3.00
GARDEN ORIGIN

DESCHAMPSIA POACEAE
caespitosa Viviparia
. Grown more as a botanical curiosity, tussocks of fine green leaves erupt with 18inch stems topped with inflorences, which develop into plantlets, the weight of which pulls the whole stem to the ground. Best growing over a low wall, any soil sun or partial shade. £3.00
COSMOPOLITAN

FESTUCA POACEAE
vivipara
. From a chance wild find in the Lake District, a tussock of fine green foliage produces seed heads that quickly germinate into little plantlets, giving this plant a soft mossy texture, tolerant of shade, growing to a no more than 6ins. £3.00 N EAST EUROPE

GLYCERIA POACEAE
maxima `Variegata`
. Variegated Giant Water Grass, vibrant white banding to the foliage, although grown as pond marginal it will happy in a retentive soil growing up 4ft, but spreading. £3.00
GARDEN ORIGIN

HAKONECHLOA POACEAE
macra `Aureola` AGM
. NEW FOR 2004 (Golden Hakone Grass) a mound of weeping broad overlapping foliage that is of brightest of yellow with a green pencil line stripe. Growing only 6/9ins tall but ultimately forming a clump 3ft wide. For partial shade in ordinary soil, slow to established, but worth the wait. £4.50
GARDEN ORIGIN

HELICTOTRICHON POACEAE
sempervirens AGM
. (Blue Oat Grass) needle like steel blue basal foliage produces inflorences, on 30inch stems that weep ever so slightly as the oatey seed heads develop, making it a fine architectural form, for well-drained soil in full sun. £3.75
S. EAST EUROPE

HOLCUS POACEAE
mollis `Albo-variegatus`
. Variegated `Wicken grass`, foliage margined white that catches the dew giving a softness to its appearance. However a robust and spreading plant growing to about 8inches when flowering, but best clipped over to keep it fresh, tolerant of dry soil, in sun or partial shade. £2.50
GARDEN ORIGIN

JUNCUS JUNCACEAE
pallidus
. Tall glossy green erect stems smooth along their entire length, resembling elongated knitting needles, for a moist soil in full sun, growing up to 5ft. £3.75
AUSTRALASIA

LEYMUS POACEAE
arenarius
. Lyme grass, native of sand dunes, therefore tolerant of poverty, which helps retain its steel blue foliage colour, wheat like seed heads are held at 4ft as Autumn turns to winter the foliage ripens to a golden straw colour, for full sun. £2.50
CENTRAL & N. EUROPE, SIBERIA, NORTH AMERICA

LUZULA JUNCACEAE
sylvatica `Aurea`. Golden `Greater Wood Rush`
, dense tussocks of broad foliage, bright sulphur yellow in spring mellowing to butter yellow as summer progresses. For sun or light shade, growing up to 16ins. £3.75
GARDEN ORIGIN

sylvatica `Marginata`. Broad green foliage pencil edged white, forming an effective evergreen ground cover, tolerant of dry shade, and growing at most to 16ins. £3.75
GARDEN ORIGIN

sylvatica `Taggarts Cream`. Tussocks of broad foliage bursting forth in spring flushed apple white then colouring cream through to green, for light shade or woodland 18ins £3.75
GARDEN ORIGIN

sylvatica `Tauernpass`. Slowly spreading tussocks of exceptionally broad evergreen foliage, that is tolerant of dry shade growing to 16ins. £3.75
GARDEN ORIGIN

MELICA POACEAE
altissima `Atropurpurea`
. Lush foliage with prominent purple seed heads in summer, for sun or light shade, growing to 24ins. £2.50

MILIUM POACEAE
effusum (Aureum). `Golden Bowles Grass
, yellow foliage emerges in late winter, the plant remaining golden until summer when it flowers and fades to green, growing best in light shade and up to 16inches, seeding mildly. £2.50
GARDEN ORIGIN

MOLINIA POACEAE
caerulea subsp. arudinaceae `Karl Foster`
. 5ft mounds of arching green foliage panicles are produced in mid summer. £3.75

caerulea subsp. caerulea 'Variegata' AGM. Variegated purple moor grass, a small 16 inch fountain of pale yellow stripped foliage from which, in late summer, rise flower heads with a purple hue, for full sun or part shade, and tolerating a dry soil. £3.75
GARDEN ORIGIN

PHALARIS POACEAE
arundinacea `Picta` AGM
. Gardeners Garters, this white variegated grass emerges in late winter to eventually reach 4ft in height, growing in sun or partial shade tolerating dry soil, however drought will initiate desiccation, but cutting to the ground promotes fresh growth. £3.00
GARDEN ORIGIN

arundinacea var. picta 'Feesey'. A dense mat of foliage white variegated with a pink flush emerges in late winter growing to reach 4ft in height, by mid summer. Can be cut hard back in early summer to rejuvenate the foliage for the end of the season. Growing in sun or partial shade, and tolerant of dry soil. £3.00
GARDEN ORIGIN

POA POACEAE
labillardierei
. A fountain of fine blue foliage erupting with a succession of oat like seed heads in late summer, for full sun and tolerant of dry soil, growing up to 36ins. £3.00
NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRAILIA

STIPA POACEAE
arundinacea
. A fountain of fine green foliage streaked orange and brown, remaining evergreen with shelter, fine ethereal inflorences in late summer. Growing best in fertile soil in sun or partial shade. £3.75
NEW ZEALAND

calamagrostis. NEW FOR 2004 A dense mound of foliage generates a succession inflorences on 3ft stems mid summer onwards the biscuit coloured seed heads looking good right through the winter, a plant at home with a harsh environment of dry soil in full sun. £3.75
S.EUROPE

gigantea AGM. Truly one of the most dramatic grasses, an 18inch tussock of fine foliage erupts with 6ft spikes from which open straw yellow oatey inflorences. The drier the weather the better the plant looks, remaining a feature until the spring tidy up, best grow in dry soil in full sun. £5.50
SPAIN

UNCINIA CYPERACEAE
rubra
. Hook sedge, rich red mahogany foliage rough to the touch, for moist soil in full sun, growing up to 8ins. £3.00
NEW ZEALAND

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Plant classification
Family, e.g. ROSACEAE in red bold capitals
Genus, e.g. FILIPENDULA in green bold capitals
Species, e.g. ulmaria in bold lower case
Culivar, e.g. `Aurea`, in single quotation marks

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