Japanese silver grass
This is one of the finest ornamental grasses, forming a clump of attractive, arching, mid-green foliage.
In late summer, but more often early-to-late autumn, the flower heads are elegant plumes of white, silver or buff, sometimes pink-tinged, standing well above the foliage.
Miscanthus likes a moist, but freedraining soil. Most varieties like full sun. Cut back to about 20cm each spring. Propagate by division in spring or early summer.
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The green-leaved varieties contrast with brightly-coloured or intricately-patterned flowers, such as lilies, or with other white or variegated Miscanthus.
M sinensis Morning Light Its white-edged leaves look fabulous with white flowers.
M sinensis Zebrinus
The yellow-banded leaves of Zebrinus (pictured below) go well with bright yellow flowers like Solidago.