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Ornamental grasses

Here we present a colourful selection from the wide range of ornamental grasses. Many new varieties combine surprisingly well with other plants because of their shape and colour. Most grasses are at their best in summer and early autumn. They make it possible to create a garden in an original way.
The assortment may change during season.

The giant gras Triarrhena in a pot.

Move your mouse over the image to see the early planting.

Grasses require a different way of looking.
The leaves provides the greatest ornamental value. And the flowering spikes are often adding an extra dimension to the plant. The height of the grasses ranges from about 5 centimeters from the lowest ground cover up to 6-7 meters for the new giant grass Triarrhena. Much lower species, such as evergreen Carex are very beautiful as groundcovers.. Almost all of our offered grasses grow in pollen. Carex, Deschampsia and Sesleria should be rejuvenated every few years. In spring, the above the ground portion of the non-evergreen species can be pruned back at hand height. 
We only sell those species that we have good experiences with ourselves. Therefore,  Festuca, Koeleria and  Helictotrichon, whose growth this unpredictable, we don’t offer anymore..
Grasses can be planted all year around, except the winter season. During the growing season but special in summer and autumn the grasses are at their best and are their best types to make a choice. In the early summer we need pictures and books to show their beauty. 
Prices range from € 2 to € 7 each.
Carex elata 'Bowles Golden' (pictured left) has a bright yellow color in the spring. For fairly moist places in the sun and partial shade. 50 cm. S
Carex morrowii 'Variegata'
 (pictured right) is suitable for semi-shade and shade. Good to use in borders. Evergreen.

New Carex foliosissima 'Irish Green' (pictured left), is a strong evergreen Carex that can grow in the sun and shade. With its short runners It can form a beautiful intense green compact carpet. About 30 cm high.
New: Carex sp. nanking (pictured right) The broad leaves of this hardy and evergreen species looks like Carex pendula. But the ordered structure of the leaves makes this new grass a striking structure plant. Between 30 to 40 cm high.

Carex oshimensis This green sedge is 30 to 40 cm high. One of the best evergreen species for sun and shade. Suitable for smaller and larger plant surfaces and in places where an evergreen planting is required.
Various colors of evergreen Carex. 
(pictured right)
Carex oshimensis' Evergold '(syn. C. hachijoensis' Evergold) (pictured left) This evergreen form has contrasting yellow and green stripes. Can grow in sun and shade. It's a good variety to bring light in dark places. It can become 20 to 30 cm high and wide and is suitable for group planting.
Carex scaposa (MLB07.CH) (pictured right) This beautiful shade-loving evergreen Carex with beautiful flowers is still limited available.

Hakonechloa macra (pictured left ) A bright green Japanese species. The growth starts early in the spring and in November the foliage turns into a luminous orange brown. The growth height is between 40 and 50 cm. Sun, partial shade and not too deep shade are well tolerated. 
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' (pictured right) The golden leaves have thin green longitudinal stripes. The growth height is between 30 and 40 cm. It will remain beautiful until late autumn. Great to combine with other colored ornamental grasses and perennials. Sun, partial shade and not too deep shadow. Both are suitable for group planting.

Hakonechloa macra 'Allgold' (pictured left) This is the grass with the strongest color yellow in my garden. Despite the lack of chlorophyll this hand-propagated variety is a strong vital grower. Up to 30 cm high. Suitable for group planting.
Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron' By its bright red color this is one of the most striking grasses. During the growing season the red is intensifying and contrasts sharply with the colors of the surrounding vegetation. It needs a sunny place. Up to 30 to 40 cm high. Suitable for group planting.
Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio' (pictured right August) has narrow leaves, a spherical growth and an abundant flowering. Beautiful to plant in the back of borders. Between 140 cm and 170 cm high. 
Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus' (picture left) In September  when this gras starts flowering  the color is reddish. It’s beautiful and sturdy and grows up to 180 cm high or more.

Miscanthus sinensis x sachariflorus 'Memory' (JP 4) (pictured right) can become two meters high, with large silver spikes.
Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' (
pictured left) has narrow leaves with a thin white edge. This variety has a luminous color, flowers rarely and will become between 150 and 180 cm tall. Foreground: japanese blood grass

Miscanthus sinensis' Kleine Silberspinne' (photo left) Compact and upright growing variety.  Between 130 and 160 cm. high.
Molinia caerulea 'Windsaüle' (pictured right) This variety can become between 2 to 2.5 meters high and is one of the tallest forms..

Molinia caerulea 'Moorhexe' (pictured left) is a smaller form with short sturdy canes and striking dark spikes.
Oplismenus sp. Charles (pictured right) Hardy ground cover for the shade. Forms a dense, bright green carpet
Oplismenus undilatifolius Little-known hardy ground cover for humus rich half shaded places. This grass can form a bamboo-like dense carpet. These species remain low and are between 5 and 20 cm high

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' (pictured right) has a blue-green color, is growing columnar and becomes between 100 and 120 cm high. 
Panicum virgatum 'Northwind' (pictured left) This blue form has a unique compact, columnar growth habit and can become 160 cm high.
Panicum virgatum 'Rehbraun' is a beautiful red coloring form. Up to 120 cm. high.

Pennisetum alopecuroides Between 90 to 120 cm high
Pennesetum alopecuroides 'Hameln' (left) remains somewhat lower, has smaller spikes and it blooms earlier.
Pennisetum alopecuroides' Japonicum' is a higher form and can grow up to 140 cm. 
Pennisetum alopecuroides (-viridescens) 'Black' (pictured right) with dark spikes and up to 90 cm high.
Triarrhena lutarioriparia  In my garden this on Miscanthus-like ornamental grass become almost 6 meters (18 feet) tall. This new introduction from central China has no problems survives cold winters (up to -19 ° C). The aboveground part dies each year. This graceful plant has a tropical look and has an upright windproof growth. Triarrhena can grow up to 7 meters and needs space. This grass can make underground runners. Can also be used as a pot plant. Than it needs to overwinter sheltered. (photo at the top left)
Liriope muscari actually does not belong to the grasses but the lilies. The evergreen grass-like leaves van become up to 30 cm tall but are usually lower. The form 'Ingwersen' (photo) blooms profusely with blue purple flowers from August to October but needs some sun. Usually 'Money Maker' en 'Big Blue' are also available. (suitable for group planting)
Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Niger' (pictured right) is a lily with grass like leaves with an almost black color. Slow-growing ground cover for sun to partial shade. Flowers in summer with violet flowers and grows 20 to 30 cm high. Winter black.
Ophiopogon planiscapus is the completely green form and with 30 to 40 cm it is slightly higher. Evergreen. (suitable for group planting)
Usually present are Ophiopogon chingii (left) and Ophiopogon japonica.