GRASSES Grasses are as popular as ever at Rochfords. This is reflected in the wide range of genus and varieties that we grow and source for the Cash and Carry. Many plantings, either commercial or domestic can benefit from the diversity of shapes, subtle lines, differing textures and leaf colour that grasses can provide, making grasses great for mixed borders. Grasses are great used in a sensory garden as they create movement and many are soft to touch too. Many are drought resistant once established and are surprisingly easy to grow. Genus Information Popular varieties Carex Mainly evergreen, tolerant of most soils and osh. ‘Evergold’ – tufted evergreen yellow border (Sedges) aspects, versatile. Grown for their colourful mor. ‘Fishers Form’ – tufted evergreen cream foliage and attractive flower spikes. striped leaves Calamagrostis Perennial grass with branching flower x acu. ‘Karl Foerster’ – pink bronze flowers (Reed grass) spikes. Long-lasting flowerheads and x acu. ‘Overdam’ – pale yellow margins, purple architectural forms. flowers Cortaderia Spectacular evergreens with broad arching selloana – dense clump forming evergreen (Pampus grass) leaves forming large tussocks. Large silky sel. ‘Gold Band’ – compact, white leaf margin plumes are borne high above the foliage. sel. ‘Rosea’ – pink flowers Well drained soil and full sun. Deschampsia Tufted or tussock forming evergreen ces. ‘Goldschleier’ – flowers age to silver yellow (Hair Grass) perennial grasses. Thin thread like leaves ces. ‘Schottland’ – vertical form with graceful airy flowerheads. ces. ‘Tardiflora’ – yellow flowers in autumn Festuca Mainly grown for the blue-green or blue- glauca – narrow blue green laeves (Fecue) grey foliage. Tufted, evergreen perennial. gla. ‘Elijah Blue’ – intense blue foliage Hakonechloa Clump forming perennial grass, prefers well mac. ‘Aureola – bright yellow leaves becoming (Hakone Grass) drained soil in full sun or partial shade. flushed red in autumn Imperata Slender stemmed perennial grass grown for cyl. Red Baron – mid green leaves turning deep their striking foliage blood red at the tips Luzula Evergreen tufted grasses, great in damp sylvatica – chestnut brown flowers (Woodrush) shade syl. ‘Aurea’ – shiney yellow leaves in winter Miscanthus Large clump forming with tall foliage with sin. ‘Morning Light’ – white leaf margin 1.2m (Eulalia Grass) tall flower spikes, best in moist well drained sin. ‘Strictus’ – horizontal gold bands 90cm soil in sun. sin. ‘Ferne Osten’ – purple/brown flowers 1.2m Molinia Densely tufted perennial, attractive habit, cae. aru. ‘Karl Foerster’ – purple flowerspikes (Moor Grass) autumn colour and graceful flower spikes. cae. aru. ‘Transparant – yellow leaves in autumn Ophiopogon Evergreen tufted perennial with grass-like jap ‘Nigrescens’ – almost black leaves. leaves. Full sun or partial shade. jap. ‘Variegatus’ – white striped leaves Panicum Valued for their light airy flowerheads. vir. ‘Heavy Metal’ – blue grey leaves, yellow in (Panic Grass) Grow in well drained soil in sun. autumn vir. Rehbraun’ – rich red foliage in autumn Pennisetum Perennial grass forming rounded mounds of alopecuroides- yellow/green – purple flowers (Fountain dark green leaves, prefer well drained soil in alo. ‘Hameln’ – dwarf variety green/white Grass) full sun flowers alo. ‘Wesbergland’ – long flowering Phalaris Tufted perennial grasses tolerating variable arun. pic. ‘Feesey’ – flushed pin at stem base, (Reed Grass) habitats from full sun to partial shade leaves have white stripe Stipa Large genus of perennial grasses worth arundinacea – pendant flower spikes (Feather Grass) growing in mixed borders. Attractive gigantea – silver/purple spikes up to 2.5m high flowerheads tenuissima - soft nodding flowers 60cm high ten. ‘Pony Tails’ – very graceful form.
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