front garden - miscanthus



There are over 50 varieties of miscanthus, which is essentially a tall grass. Some are much prettier than others and some are real show stoppers.


It is really quick and easy to look after Miscanthus’ as all grasses are really. They do need an occasional comb through, especially in late Autumn, which removes any dead or broken stems. Then in spring you can cut down the old worn out stuff and new bright shiny leaves will regrow.


All grasses are really shallow rooted, so tolerate dry conditions or poor soils pretty well, so grasses can look lovely in pots – even if you forget to water occasionally!


We use a number of different varieties of miscanthus in our designs, all are really pretty.

One word of advice, to get the best effect using grasses, it’s best for them to planted in an open sunny site, so no stuffing them into the corner by the fence, they just won’t look their best if you do.


We’ve got them in:

wedding pimms FF shade 3 fountains FF Hedges 1


Miscanthus are grasses, but don’t think these are little things that the mower should run over, there are over 50 varieties of this beautiful plant.


They generally grow at least 4ft (1.5m) tall, a few are shorter and some can easily get to 10ft (3m) tall. The range of colours is immense, green, yellow, stripy, one with pink tassels, white tassels, some that turn red and orange in the Autumn.


Grasses can look a little untidy, but so does my sitting room occasionally,  I tidy that up, so why not pop outside and pick up any broken bits?


Anyway, what I love most is the swishy noise when the wind blows through – so if you live by a noisy road, hedges do muffle the sound of the cars, but Miscanthus adds a far more relaxing note to the tune of life.

miscanthus morning light

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