Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist but well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: August to October
- Hardiness: fully hardy
An eye-catching small ornamental grass, which forms cascading hummocks of vividly striped bright yellow and green foliage.The narrow leaves keep their colour throughout the season, and often when the plant is grown in full sun it develops a reddish tinge. In late summer and autumn, pale green, slender, flower spikelets appear, giving a billowing lightness to planted drifts. It is useful as a simple understorey to light shrubs and as a soft edging to paths or steps. The clean, minimalist style of this grass makes it a good choice for formal courtyards or in minimalist urban planters.
- Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost into the planting hole. Leave flower heads to dry out through the winter, adding valuable texture to plantings. Apply a light mulch (3cm) of well-rotted garden compost after cutting back old foliage and before new growth emerges in spring.
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Q:My Gardner planted hakoneloa macra in December in several areas of our garden and so far we have only a small cluster of dead brown short sticks, is this correct.
These were supplied by Crocus.Asked on 7/4/2015 by Bundle from Haslemere Surrey
These plants are quite late into growth, so you may need to give them a few more weeks. If however there are still no signs of growth by the end of May (and they are still within the 1 year guarantee period), then please take some photos and send them in to our customer services team with your order reference number.Answered on 8/4/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Could this grass be kept in full shade as my front garden doesn't get full sunAsked on 7/4/2015 by bigspade from essex
I suspect it will struggle on for a short while, but in the long term it won't be too happy as it prefers a sunnier spot.Answered on 8/4/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Is this grass deciduous, I am looking for a short yellow grass that is evergreen, do you have any suggestions
Many thanksAsked on 7/4/2014 by V from Hampshire
No unfortunately this grass is deciduous.There are a few evergreen small grasses but they don't have the bright yellow and green striped foliage of Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'.
I have attached some links below.
Carex testacea has pale olive-green leaves.
Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue' has blue leaves
Luzula nivea has deep green leaves
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/luzula-nivea/classid.2002/Answered on 7/7/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Salvia suggestion please
Please could you advise me? I am looking to use a Salvia to plant with Buxus balls, Hakonechloa and Lavender. I need a strong, long flowering and easy caring Salvia variety that will not grow too tall. Your advise would be invaluable Thank you JackieAsked on 26/8/2009 by jackie middleton
A:hi Jackie, I would recommend Salvia nemorosa Caradonna, ( up to 0.5 m) or Mai Nacht ( up to .75, works well with these colours... have funAnswered on 2/2/2015 by BeautifulBorders from Guildford
A:Hello Jackie, Salvia nemorosa Caradonna probably has the longest flowering period, but it does get to 75cm tall - just click on the following lin to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/salvia-nemorosa-caradonna/classid.2000006629/ If that is too tall, then Saliva nemorosa Ostfriesland may be a better option http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/salvia-nemorosa-ostfriesland/classid.3545/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 27/8/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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