Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: slow-average
- Flowering period: August and September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Easily mistaken for Japanese Blood grass (Imperata cylindrica Rubra), this grass starts off with green, strap-like leaves that turn red at the tips in June, and produces light, airy flower panicles in summer. In autumn, the foliage turns a spectacular deep burgundy. It likes full sun, and unlike Imperata, can cope with dry summers. Try it in small groups among taller grasses, or against tall perennials.
- Garden care: Cut it back when it starts to look tatty. Lift and divide between mid-spring and summer.
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Q:Is it best to plant grasses in groups of 3? How many grasses would I need to put in a new gravel garden which is roughly 9m x 12m. Which would you recommend for this dry area.Asked on 11/6/2013 by miller from Grimsby
As a general rule plants always look best when planted in odd numbers, so 1,3's, 5's 7's etc. We do have a selection of grasses that show tolerance to drought once established - please click on the following link to go straight to them.
As for the quantities, this is hard to calculate as it will depend on the type of grasses you opt for as they grow to different heights and spreads. Also gravel gardens are not usually planted to capacity, so it depends how much gravely you want to see.Answered on 11/7/2013 by Helen from Crocus
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