Best of the bunch

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● 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.

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