A clump forming grass with greyish, slightly hairy foliage and heads of silky flowers that start metallic red and fade to tawny buff. For full sun and well drained soil. May not be fully hardy in cold areas but is easy to keep in a cold greenhouse or sheltered corner.
A striking golden variegated sport of 'Karl Foerster' from the USA. Yellow striped leaves and golden stems with the usual purple-ish flower in May and June, tawny seedheads until late winter. Good soil in sun, 1.5m.
Often used in naturalistic gardens this is an excellent garden grass. Dense clumps of foliage and tall, upright stems topped with purple flushed green flowers in summer. 1.5m. Ordinary soil in sun or part shade. Good winter effect from the stems and seedheads.
Very similar to the better known ‘Karl Foerster’ but flowers two weeks earlier, narrow flowers. Dense clumps of foliage and tall, upright stems topped with purple flushed green flowers in summer. 1.5m.
An upright, clump forming grass with relatively short, broad leaves and arching spikes of flattened flowers in late summer/autumn. Good autumn colour from flowers and foliage which continues through winter. 1m. Good soil in sun or light shade.
Neat clumps of powdery grey foliage to just 20cm send up masses of wiry stems topped with fingered spikes of grey flowers all summer. For a well drained soil in full sun. 80cm in flower. Only hardy in warmer areas but easy to raise from seed and it will flower the first year.
A very showy German variety which makes clumps of dark green leaves and tall golden stems topped with silky bronze flowers to 1.2m in late spring. Golden buff seedheads until mid-winter. Average soil in shade or better soil in sun.