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Miscanthus

Spectacular, clump forming autumn flowering grasses with good winter presence. Many look good from August to March when they need cutting hard back, to near ground level. No staking required especially in exposed gardens.

We are currently in the process of collecting Miscanthus, with the hope of applying for National Plant Collection ® status in the future.  We already have c. 100 varieties and are working on obtaining more - there are at least 250 named forms now!  We are also researching all the varieties, specifically to try and find out the origin of each form.  Over the next couple of years we hope to start planting the Miscanthus collection out in a new area of field adjacent to the nursery which will enable all our varieties to be seen together.

Miscanthus come in many different shapes and sizes thought the basic form doesn't change much: tight clumps with often woody bases, upright stems clothed with leaves to about 75% of their height, the flowers held above the foliage in late summer and autumn. The height, uprightness and flower details are the main differences between varieties but there are a large number of leaf variations too, both variegated leaves and width of leaf.  There are a very small number of forms that are not clump forming. Generally speaking Miscanthus are very long lived, trouble free garden grasses.

We recommend allowing Miscanthus at least 2-3 growing seasons in the garden before deciding if they are going to be okay as they do take some time to establish a root system and to start growing to their full potential.  On poorer, drier soils consider the forms with more narrow leaves as these tend to be more drought tolerant.

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5 Different Miscanthus

5 Different Miscanthus£30.00   £27.50

If you're stuck with choosing which Miscanthus to buy let us help - five different varieties in a range of size and colours.


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Miscanthus 'Purpurascens'£6.00

Clumps of upright stems with light green foliage turning into a brilliant autumn foliage display from mid-summer until the frosts. Thin, purple-silver flowers from August to 1m. Average to good soil in sun.


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Miscanthus 'Silberfeder'

Miscanthus 'Silberfeder'£6.50

Tropical looking with its wide, rich green foliage topped, in autumn, with white-silver arching plumes to 2.4m. Best in reasonable soil that does not dry out. Sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'£6.00

A fine foliaged dwarf form to 1.2m Many sandy plumes from late summer. Average soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Arabesque'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Arabesque'£6.00

Rarely seen this form has mid green leaves and masses of golden plumes that turn a warm buff for the winter. A more vase shaped clump than most forms. Ordinary to good soil in sun. 1.8m.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Blütenwunder'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Blütenwunder'£8.00

A robust form with broad leaves and chunky flowers, reddish to start soon turning silvery buff to 2.1m.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'China'£6.50

Brilliant shining red flowers to 1.5m. Distinctive olive green foliage. Average to good soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Dreadlocks'£6.00

A dwarf form with golden flowers to 60cm. The flowers emerge frizzled and as they turn to seed the whole thing looks like dreadlocks! Average soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Emmanuel Lepage'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Emmanuel Lepage'£8.00

This French variety has distinctive rich green foliage and red flowers that fade to a soft blonde for the winter. A more open habit than many. Good soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Flamingo'£6.50

A very popular form with lots of pink flowers which turn silvery buff on a mid-size plant to 1.5m. Average to good soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Ghana'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Ghana'£7.50

Stunning clumps of fresh green foliage with excellent late summer and autumn colour - orange, red and purple. Reddish flowers in August-September. 1.5m. Good soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Gnome'£6.00

One of the newer dwarf forms of Miscanthus with fine leaves and dense heads of silky flowers that start salmon pink fading to golden grey. Average soil in sun, 1m.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Goliath'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Goliath'£6.00

Very large, lush foliage and golden flowers to 2.4m. Average to good soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'£6.00

A very fine foliage form, rarely flowers in the UK but it is very good for the form and effect of the foliage. 1.5m.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Graziella'£6.50

A mid-sized plant with golden pink flowers which turn a clear silver for late autumn/winter, very pretty. 1.5m. Average to good soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Hermann Müssell'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Hermann Müssell'£6.00

An elegant form from Ernst Pagels with light reddish, golden-brown flowers in August/September which fade to bright silvery buff. 2m. Good soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Fontane'£6.50

Medium green foliage and large pink/silver flowers to 1.5m. Average to good soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Korea'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Korea'£8.00

New to us, I believe from Ernst Pagels breeding work. Upright clumps of mid green foliage, yet to see flowers! Average soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Krater'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Krater'£6.00

Dwarfish form to about 1.2m. Reddish plumes fade to silvery grey for winter. A good variety for drier soils as it has narrower leaves.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Kupferzwerg'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Kupferzwerg'£6.00

New to us, this dwarf form has really impressed. Narrow leaves and pinkish copper flowers fade to warm buff. 1.2m.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Kitten'£6.00

A dwarf form to 1m. Narrow foliage and pinkish gold flowers. Average soil in ful sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'£6.00

An elegant variegated form with an upright clump forming habit and fine foliage with white margins. Excellent and airy height for mixing into formal borders or naturalistic gardens. Good soil in sun. 1.5m.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Nishidake'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Nishidake'£8.50

A big variety new to us. Broad, tropical looking foliage and chunky heads of silky flowers that start metallic red before turning shining silver.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'November Sunset'£6.00

An unusual form with very late flowers and super autumn colour. Light green foliage until late autumn then brilliant colour. Golden buff flowers from October in a good year. 2m. Good soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Poseidon'£6.00

Very broad leaves and chunky pink flowers. Best for autumn colour. 2m. Decent soil in sun.


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