Plant Of The Month: Cala­m­a­grostis

Surrey Life - - Gardens -

As or­na­men­tal grasses sway in the breeze they cre­ate a nat­u­ral look, and when grouped in drifts they form a liv­ing frame for late-sea­son asters and golden rud­beckia. For neat up-right sheaths Cala­m­a­grostis ‘Karl Fo­er­ster’ is hard to beat, com­ing into flower as early as June and then catch­ing the frosts and cob­webs of au­tumn. If planted in sun the stems hold long into win­ter, at which point their spent stub­ble should be cut right down to soil level. When clumps bulk up to din­ner-plate size di­vide in late win­ter for more plants for free.

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