The black, strap-like leaves of this Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit recipient offer many possibilities for garden companions. We'd start with silvery Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears' and dwarf Campanulas. Plants are easy to tuck between rocks or along walkways, and can tolerate prolonged dry spells. Light pink, bell-shaped flowers in summer are followed by shiny, bluish black berries.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
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riv from pine grove ca
i have this plant growing in the SF bay area and it's great. it is just so black and i got a surprise the first time it flowered. not a true grass that you can walk on or mow, it has stiff leaves that arch nicely. the flowers last a long time, too. if you like black or just want something unusual, this plant seems to withstand temps down to the 20s in winter. can't say how it withstands snow. i wish someone would, if they have it growing, as i now live in the sierras and would love to grow it here.
Loie from Palermo, NY
I have had this growing for years in zone 4. We're in the snow belt off the east end of Lake Ontario. Doesn't get very large but it does slowly spread from the roots and reseeds from the shiny black seed berries that appear in late summer. After reading this description, I realize I have it in a too shady spot. Will be transplanting some of it to a sunnier place. We'll see what happens
Most varieties of ornamental grasses grow well in full sun and average garden soil. Keep their foliage for winter effect, cutting back all except the evergreen varieties (Festuca) before new growth emerges in the spring. Refresh Festucas by "raking" out the dried and dead leaves with gloved fingers.
Two varieties thrive in part or even full shade, expanding the possibilities for Grasses in the garden. Hakonechloa is suitable in part shade and Carex (Sedge) thrives in part to full shade. Both need soil that stays evenly moist.
Transplant and divide in spring. Grasses that spread by rhizomes ("run" ) can be invasive and should be divided every year or so. Grasses that grow in clumps die out in the center and need dividing every few years.
Fertilize ornamental grasses in spring with a balanced fertilizer. We don't recommend, however, fertilizing them their first spring to allow the roots enough time to settle in before having to support their very lush top growth.
Ornamental Grasses appear to be quite deer-resistant. Evidently the sharp-edged leaves are unpalatable.
Grasses are at home in mixed borders of perennials, bulbs, and shrubs. Consider summer and fall-blooming perennials as companions: Achillea, Rudbeckia, Helenium, Asters, Monarda, Perovskia, Phlox, and Oriental Lilies. The large Miscanthus varieties work well in the back of a border, or even as single specimens. Because most grasses are sited in the middle or back of a border and are cut back in early spring, we like to plant spring-flowering bulbs around them for color early in the year. Daffodils, Tulips, and Alliums bloom while the Grasses provide little to look at. Then the Grasses and foreground perennials sprout and camouflage the bulbs' maturing foliage.