Lesser quaking grass
Ideal in containers, but as happy studding a hot, dry, sunny border, planted with traditional herbaceous plants (look terrific with Hemerocallis); handy in large swathes as ground cover; super for growing on difficult dry banks or rock and gravel gardens, and naturalises well
- Position: full sun
- Soil: any well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: May to August
- Flower colour: green becoming straw-coloured when ripe
- Other features: the dried flower heads are useful for flower- arrangements; pale green leaves becoming straw-coloured
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A mat-forming evergreen grass with purplish-tinted, green leaves. In summer locket-shaped, green-purple flowers, which fade to buff, hang from wory branches. Lovely in wildflower meadows, their flowers are excellent for drying.
- Garden care: Cut down to the ground in late winter before the new foliage appears.
As the days shorten, the autumn sun sinks a little lower every day and begins to backlight the borders, picking up detail and silhouette. There’s plenty to enjoy,- seed heads, in autumnal shades of brown and silver take centre stage, often lasting until mRead full article