Best of the bunch
●● FESTUCA GRASSES are popular plants for both contemporary and traditional gardeners and they are wonderful at this time of year for tucking into winter pots among contrasting shrubs and seasonal flowering plants.
Festuca glauca (‘glauca’ means covered in a bluishwhite bloom) provides neat fountains of silvery blue foliage all year round and works well underplanted with tall shrubs.
Good bets include F. glauca ‘Elijah Blue’ or ‘Seeigel’ if you want compact tufts of silvery-blue leaves.
Other festucas, including F. amethystina and F. eskia, are ideal as edging plants or for growing in rock gardens in welldrained soil and full sun.
They are frost hardy and so will go on working their magic in the colder months.