Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'
This fine detail grass catches the light to give a soft silvered effect in an open position. Particularly effective when threaded amongst strong-coloured daisies in a late summer border.
- Position: open sunny position
- Soil: moderately-fertile, moist but well-drained
- Rate of growth: average. Achieves 150-180cm when mature
- Flowering period: flowers appear in October after warm summers
- Flower colour: reddish brown, fading to silver over time
- Other features:stands well through the winter
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A species of hardy, perennial grasses originating in China. Their clump-forming habit, with no invasive spreading rhizomes, is easily contained within gardens of all sizes. A number of excellent breeding programmes in Europe and the USA over the past 25 years have developed varieties better-able to offer reliable flowering displays in cooler, European summers. Miscanthus 'Morning Light' is a selected sport from Miscanthus sinensis Gracillimus, and is a particularly elegant and versatile form. Slender emerald green blades have narrow cream margins, arching gently at their tips to create a 'fountain' effect. In warm summers, reddish brown flowers open in October and endure through the winter.
- Garden care: Leave top growth standing through winter. Cut back to ground level late February as new shoots appear within the crown.
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Q:Miscanthus not flowering
Afernoon, I bought a grass from you about 3 or 4 years back. It is a Miscanthus sacchariflorus. It has thrived well, is green and lush, but to date, it hasn't flowered. Am I doing anything wrong? Are you able to give me some advice please? I must add that I have bought a number of plants from you since you set up your web site and have been delighted with them all. The quality of each plant is excellent, as is the packaging and delivery. Regards MarionAsked on 9/13/2009 by Marion
A:Hello Marion, There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade, not enough water or nutrients, or pruning at the wrong time of the year. It can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers. I am not really sure why your Miscanthus has not produced flowers, but you can often give them a bit of a push by feeding with a high potash fertiliser. Best regards and thanks for the positive feedback. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/21/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' hedge?
Hi, Having seen a stunning display of the Cotinus planted with a band of Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' in front of it, at the National Garden of Wales recently, I would like to try and reproduce the effect of the silver against the purple background. My problem however is space. I am in the process of providing a new bed which is approximately 6 feet long by 3 feet wide. Although you quote the Cotinus as growing to about 5m x 5m, you also suggest pruning it hard back to the base each year. If I prune annually as suggested, would it be possible to retain it to say a 1 - 1.5 m high bush, allowing the Miscanthus to be planted in front, thus forming a contrasting foil when viewed from both patio and lawn. If this is not considered viable, can you suggest another purple / dark red or similar bush that would provide a similar effect. Many thanks, Brian.Asked on 7/27/2009 by Brian Boon
A:Hello Brian, Cotinus is a pretty big shrub, but if you cut it back to within 2 or 3 buds from the base each year in early spring, then it shouldnt get too muchh higher than 1.5m. Alternatively you could opt for one of the purple leaved Berberis - just click on the following link to go straight to them. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.berberis/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 7/27/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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