Plants in Green – suitable for shaded area.
AGM – RHS Award of Gardening Merit.
PBR – Plant Breeders Rights.
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The plant nursery here at Stillingfleet Lodge has over 40 varieties of ornamental grasses for sale.
Ornamental grasses are very useful plants and you can see how we use them in the garden when you visit. All the photographs above were taken in our garden in November. Grasses are also versatile and I have highlighted the ones that thrive in shade in this list. The list also provides further guidance on each of the species, but please feel free to ask for more information when you visit the nursery.
|ACORUS gramineus ‘Ogon’||9″||£5.50|
|Bright yellow foliage needs moisture and feeding.|
|Evergreen arching foliage which turns bronze with age.
The flowers are soft brown and trailing.
|BRIZA media ‘Limouzi’||15”||£5.60|
|This form has greyer foliage and large flowers heads.
Will grow even in poorly drained areas.
|CALAMAGROSTIS x acutiflora ‘Overdam’||3′||£5.80|
|White striped foliage in a very upright grass.|
|CAREX comans ‘Bronze Form’||16″||£5.50|
|Mops of narrow arching leaves the colour of milk chocolate.
We shall also have a form with darker brown foliage
without the chestnut colouring.
|CAREX comans ‘Frosted Curls‘||18″||£5.50|
|Pale green arching leaves with silvery curling tips.|
|CAREX elata ‘Aurea’||AGM||2′||£5.60|
|(Bowles’ Golden Sedge) Bright yellow foliage.
Needs moisture and is slow to establish.
|CAREX flacca subsp. flacca||1′||£5.50|
|Good grey evergreen.|
|CAREX morrowii ‘Variegata’||16″||£5.60|
|Evergreen leaves with a slightly white edge makes an
|CAREX oshimensis ‘Evergold’||AGM||9″||£5.60|
|Evergreen sedge. Curling yellow foliage with green margins.|
|Strong growing, evergreen, arching stems.
Good in shade in the wild garden. Large plants.
|CAREX siderosticha ‘Variegata’||16″||£5.60|
|Wide leaves edged with white, creeping but slowly.
Needs well drained conditions or a sunnier site than
|CAREX ‘Silver Sceptre’||6″||£5.50|
|Makes an excellent dense carpet of white striped leaves.
|Light brown with an arching habit. Flowers in mid-summer.|
|CAREX trifida ‘Rekohu Sunrise’||18”||£5.90|
|Evergreen arching leaves edged with cream,
occasionally striped. Not wet conditions.
|Evergreen sedge with interesting clusters of pale green
spikelets in late summer.
|Elegant upright plant with globular heads of brown.
Very attractive all year.
|DESCHAMPSIA flexuosa ‘Tatra Gold‘||16″||£5.50|
|Tufts of yellowish-green all year.
Grows best in fertile soil with some shade.
|An excellent evergreen grey grass.
A clump forming couch grass.
|FESTUCA glauca ‘Elijah Blue‘||1′||£5.60|
|Evergreen clumps of glaucous blue.|
|HAKONECHLOA macra ‘Aureola’||AGM||1′||£5.70|
|Good yellow variegation on the narrow arching foliage
of this grass. Needs good fertile soil.
|HAKONECHLOA macra ‘Nicolas’||1′||£5.70|
|Orange and green foliage which deepens through
the summer. Deciduous. PBR
|HELICTOTRICHON sempervirens ‘Saphirsprudel’||2’6″||£5.80|
|Excellent spikey blue-grey grass.
Needs sun and good drainage and is an evergreen.
|HOLCUS mollis ‘Albo-variegatus’||6″||£5.50|
|Dwarf variegated grass. Increases steadily.|
|IMPERATA cylindrica ‘Red Baron’||18″||£5.70|
|The Japanese blood grass. Rich red leaves.
Needs fertile soil and sun.
|JUNCUS effusus ‘Carman’s Japanese’||18”||£5.60|
|Makes a clump of upright steely grey foliage. Evergreen.|
|A small rush with brown globular heads and small
Iris like foliage.
|LUZULA maxima ‘Marginata’||18″||£5.50|
|Woodrush. Dense clumps of green leaves edged with white.
|Excellent small rush for shade. Dark green foliage,
masses of white flowers.
|LUZULA sylvatica ‘Aurea’||1′||£5.80|
|Broad evergreen leaves, golden yellow.
Best in fertile conditions.
|MILLIUM effusum aureum||AGM||2′||£5.50|
|(‘Bowles’ Golden Grass’) Gold to yellow green,
soft textured leaves. Tufted clump.
|Wide leaves with creamy white centre.
Sunny, dry conditions.
|MISCANTHUS sinensis ‘Kleine Fontane’||AGM||4′||£7.00|
|Narrow green leaves with a stripe up the middle.
The flowers open silvery red in August and fade to silver.
|MISCANTHUS sinensis ‘Malepartus’ NEW||5′||£7.00|
|Broad foliage, silver striped, flower heads of deepest
purplish red fading to silver.
|MISCANTHUS sinensis ‘Morning Light’||AGM||3′||£7.00|
|Very graceful narrow foliage edged with white.
Makes an elegant clump.
|MISCANTHUS sinensis ‘Silberfeder’||AGM||6′||£7.00|
|Tall stems carry silky plumes of beige. Beautiful in autumn.|
|MISCANTHUS sinensis ‘Yakushima Dwarf’||2′||£7.00|
|A dwarf, clump forming selection. The panicles appear
in late October. An excellent form, lovely in a large pot.
|MISCANTHUS sinensis ‘Zebrinus’||AGM||4′||£7.00|
|Green leaves with bands of gold.|
|MOLINIA caerulea ‘Moorhexe’||18″||£5.70|
|From a tight clump of upright green foliage rises a
narrow column topped with needle like flowers.
Excellent in pots or as an accent plant.
|MOLINIA caerulea ‘Variegata’||AGM||18″||£5.70|
|Herbaceous grass. Short tufts of green and cream leaves
turning brown in autumn before disappearing.
|Bamboo grass. Graceful grass with fine willowy
flower panicles. Cut down in spring.
|PENNISETUM alopecuroides ‘Red Head’||1’6”||£6.20|
|Bottle brush heads open red and fade to beige.
Early flowering. Needs sun and well-drained conditions.
Deciduous, so can be cut back hard in the spring.
|Now known as ANEMANTHELE lessoniana|
|A strong growing grass with huge heads of flowers turning
a wonderful yellow in autumn.
|(Syn. S. tenuifolia) Pale brown fluffy plumes fading to white.|
|STIPA tenuissima ‘Ponytails’||2′||£5.60|
|Wispy pale green leaves topped with plumes of silver green.|
|Evergreen low-growing red-leaved sedge.
Sun for best colour.