Ornamental grasses can play a part in most gardens, from providing calming accompaniments to more colourful flowering plants to being the sole focus of the design. There are grasses for damp or dry soil, shady as well as sunny situations. Many are great to add to the cutting garden; others perform well in containers.

Cultivation: ornamental grasses tolerate a wide range of conditions, but most like a sunny position in light, moist but well-drained, moderately fertile soil. They do not need much feeding; this can encourage lush foliage at the expense of flowers. One application of a balanced fertiliser in spring is adequate.

Planting: It's important to plant grasses at the correct time. Grasses from cool climates such as Deschampsia, Festuca, Helictotrichon and Stipa come into growth in late winter and flower before mid-summer and so should be planted in autumn for the best establishment. Grasses from warm climates such as Miscanthus, Panicum, Pennisetum and Spartina come into growth in late spring, flower after mid-summer and are usually cut back in late winter. They are best planted in late spring.

Container cultivation: Grasses are good plants for containers. Use loam-based compost, such as John Innes No 2 with 20% loam-free compost to lighten the mix. Evergreen grasses such as Carex combine well with winter bedding to give height and a contrast in texture.

  • Calamagrostis acutiflora Overdam 3L pot

    Feather Reed Grass.Small weed. Clump-forming perennial grass with arching green leaves with pale yellow margins and stripes which fade to pinkish white. Bears purple flowers that fade to greyish pink. Height 1.2m. Spread 60cm. Flowers from July to August. Semi-Evergreen.

    Calamagrostis acutiflora Overdam 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Calamagrostis x acutiflora Karl Forester 3L pot

    Feather Reed Grass.Smallweed. Clump-forming perennial grass with arching mid-green leaves. Erect stems of pink-bronze flowers that fade to pale brown. Height 1.8m. Spread 60cm. Flower colour Pink. Brown. Flowers from July to August. Semi-Evergreen. Foliage colour Green. Hardy. Planting instructions Water thoroughly before planting.

    Calamagrostis x acutiflora Karl Forester 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Carex brunnea Jenneke 2L pot

    A small compact growing grass with thin corn-yellow coloured leaves that are margined with a thin dark-green line. Very graceful and superb for planting in groups with other grasses and in containers too

    Carex brunnea Jenneke 2L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Carex brunnea Pagira 2L pot

    Carex brunnera Pagira 2L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Carex comans Frosted Curls 3L pot

    New Zealand Hair Sedge. Dense evergreen clumps of narrow hair-like light whitish green leaves.Compact habit. Inconspicuous whitish green flower spikes. Height 45cm. Flowers from June to February. Evergreen.

    Carex comans Frosted Curls 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Carex elata Aurea 3L pot

    Bowls Golden Sedge. Elegant clumps of richly golden yellow leaves with green margins and jet-black flower spikes. Green and brown flower spikes. Height 70cm. Spread 90cm. Flowers from April to June. Deciduous. Hardy.

    Carex elata Aurea 3L pot

    £6.00

    ( £5.00 ex VAT)

  • Carex morrowii Ice Dance 3L pot

    Sedge. Lustrous narrow green leaves beautifully margined with white forming stiff clumps. Green and brown flower spikes. Height 60cm. Spread 75cm. Flowers from April to June. Evergreen. Hardy.

    Carex morrowii Ice Dance 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Carex oshimensis Everest 3L pot

    A dense mound forming Carex with a distinctive white mid stripe which makes the foliage stand out in the winter months.

    Carex oshimensis Everest 3 pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Carex Testacea 3L pot

    Unusual olive green arching leaves, turning orange in full sun. Moist soil.

    Carex Testacea 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Cortaderia selloana Evita 3L pot

    Pampas Grass. Densely tufted. clump-forming perennial grass with arching mid-green leaves and tall stems of silky silvery plumes. Height 2.5-3m. Spread 1.5m. Flowers from August to September. Evergreen. Foliage colour Green. Hardy. Planting instructions Water thoroughly before planting.

    Cortaderia selloana Evita 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Cortaderia selloana Pink Feather 5L pot

    Pampas Grass. Densely tufted. clump-forming perennial grass with arching mid-green leaves. Tall stems of silky. silvery plumes tinted pink. Height 2.5-3m. Spread 1.5m. Flower colour Silver. Pink. Flowers from August to September. Evergreen. Foliage colour Green. Hardy. Planting instructions Water thoroughly before planting.

    Cortaderia selloana Pink Feather 5L pot

    £6.00

    ( £5.00 ex VAT)

  • Cortaderia selloana Silver Star 3L pot

    Cortaderia selloana Silver Star 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Deschampsia cespitosa Goldtau 3L pot

    Tufted Hair Grass.Tussock Grass. A dense tufted evergreen grass with narrow rough dark green leaves. Arching panicles of glistening silvery reddish brown spikelets all summer ageing to golden yellow. Height 75cm. Spread 75cm. Flower colour Silver. Red Brown. Yellow. Flowers from May to August. Evergreen. Foliage colour Green. Hardy. Planting instructions Back-fill with soil mixed with peat and a suitable fertiliser.

    Deschampsia cespitosa Goldtau 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Deschampsia flexuosa Tatra Gold 3L pot

    Wavy Hair Grass. A tufted evergreen grass with thread-like smooth arching yellow-green leaves. Arching panicles of bronze-tinted purple spikelets. Height 50cm. Spread 30cm. Flowers from May to July. Evergreen. Hardy. Planting instructions Back-fill with soil mixed with peat and a suitable fertiliser.

    Deschampsia flexuosa Tatra Gold 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Festuca cinerea Eisvogel 3L pot

    Festuca cinerea Eisvogel 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Festuca glauca Elijah Blue 3L pot

    Blue Fescue. A densely tufted evergreen grass with narrow inrolled silvery blue arching leaves. Panicles of silvery blue flowers fading to brown as they seed. Height 30cm. Spread 45cm. Flowers from May to June. Evergreen. Hardy.

    Festuca glauca Elijah Blue 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Glyceria maxima Variegata 3L pot

    An aquatic perennial with narrow green leaves striped cream and white. Panicles of green to purple-green spikelets. Height 80cm. Spread Indefinite. Flowers from July to August. Herbaceous. Hardy.

    Glyceria maxima Variegata 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Hakenochloa macro Aureola 3L pot

    Cascade forming grass with green and yellow leaves. 35cm. Herbaceous. Great in a pot. Do not over water.Stunning when mature.

    Hakenochloa macro Aureola 3L pot

    £8.00

    ( £6.67 ex VAT)

  • Hakonechloa macra All Gold 3L pot

    Semi-evergreen grass with arching foliage and mound-like form. It has bright, yellow foliage and in early autumn, produces reddish-brown flower spikes.

    Hakonechloa macra 3L pot

    £8.00

    ( £6.67 ex VAT)

  • Helictotrichon sempervirens 3L pot

    Blue Oat Grass. An evergreen grass with grey-blue leaves radiating outwards from the centre to form a neat clump. Oat-like flowers are grey-blue at first. quickly turning straw-coloured. Height 1m. Spread 1m. Flower colour Brown. Flowers from May to July. Evergreen. Foliage colour Grey/Blue. Hardy.

    Helictotrichon sempervirens 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Imperata cylindrica Red Baron 3L pot

    Japanese Blood Grass. An attractive grass with narrow yellow-green leaves tipped with red in spring. By mid-summer the whole leaf is red. Height 45cm. Spread 30cm. Herbaceous.

    Imperata cylindrica Red Baron 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Juncus effusus Spiralis 3L pot

    Corkscrew Rush. Densely tufted aquatic perennial with shiny. dark green twisted stems forming a tangled mass. Brown flowers throughout summer. Height 45cm. Spread 60cm. Flowers from June to August. Evergreen. Hardy. Good for both wet and dry soils.

    Juncus effusus Spiralis 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Leymus arenarius Blue Dune 3L pot

    A perennial grass with bright. pale blue-grey. narrow leaves and blue-grey spikelets in summer. Height 1.5m. Spread Indefinite. Flower colour Blue. Grey. Flowers from June to August. Herbaceous. Foliage colour Blue. Grey. Hardy. Planting instructions Water thoroughly before planting.

    Leymus arenarius Blue Dune 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Milium effusum Aureum 3L pot

    Bowles' Golden Grass. A slowly spreading bright golden yellow perennial grass with delicate rich golden yellow spikelets. Height 60cm. Spread 30cm. Flowers from May to July. Semi-Evergreen. Hardy.

    Milium effusum Aureum 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Miscansus sinensis Ferner Osten 3L pot

    A tall elegant grass with narrow green leaves which turn orange in autumn and large plumes of feathery flowers which open deep red ageing to pink and silver. Height 1.5m. Spread 1.2m.

    Miscansus sinensis Ferner Osten 3L pot

    £6.00

    ( £5.00 ex VAT)

  • Miscanthus Cosmopolitan 5L pot

    A wonderful architectural miscanthus with wider leaves than most and very wide. vertical white margins. Copper flowers in late summer.

    Miscanthus Cosmopolitan 5L pot

    £8.00

    ( £6.67 ex VAT)

  • Miscanthus floridulus 3L pot

    A robust tall grass. clump forming with very narrow green leaves. Silvery white spikelets August-September. Height 3m. Deciduous. Hardy. Prefers moist soil.

    Miscanthus floridulus 3L pot

    £6.00

    ( £5.00 ex VAT)

  • Miscanthus sinensis Flamingo 3L pot

    A tall elegant grass with a 2cm wide blade with a broad central white midrib, 1.5m high. Flower plumes open flamingo pink then age to silver.

    Miscanthus sinensis Flamingo

    £6.00

    ( £5.00 ex VAT)

  • Miscanthus sinsensis Morning Light 3L pot

    An elegant grass with narrow green leaves margined creamy white and silvery flower plumes. Height 1.m. Spread .5m. Flower colour Silver. Flowers from September to February. Semi-Evgn. Foliage colour Green. White. Hardy. Planting instructions Back-fill with soil mixed with peat and a suitable fertiliser.

    Miscanthus sinsensis Morning Light 3L pot

    £6.00

    ( £5.00 ex VAT)

  • Miscanthus Zebrinus 3L pot

    Zebra Grass. Elegant grass. narrow green leaves with bands of yellow and plumes of silver flowers. Height 2.4m. Spread 1.2m. Flowers from September to October. Deciduous. Hardy. Planting instructions Back-fill with soil mixed with peat and a suitable fertiliser.

    Miscanthus Zebrinus 3L pot

    £6.00

    ( £5.00 ex VAT)

  • Molinia arundinacea Karl Forster 3L pot

    A elegant, tuft forming grass with narrow arching. shiny green leaves, turning yellow in autumn, and purple flower spikes. Height 1.m. Spread 0.7m.

    Molinia arundinacea Karl Forster 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Ophiopogon japonicus Silver Mist 3L pot

    Lilyturf. A tufted perennial with attractive narrow dark green leaves margined creamy white. Height 10-20cm. Spread 30cm. Insignificant flowers. Evergreen. Fantastic in full to medium shade.

    Ophiopogon japonicus Silver Mist 3L pot

    £6.00

    ( £5.00 ex VAT)

  • Ophiopogon planiscarpus Nigrescens 3L pot

    Ophiopogon planiscapus is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae. It is a small evergreen perennial growing to 20 cm tall by 30 cmwide. It grows from short rhizomes, and bears tufts of grasslike leaves, from which purple or white flowers emerge in racemes held on short stems above the leaves. It is native to Japan, where it grows on open and forested slopes.

    Ophiopogon planiscarpus Nigrescens 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Pennisetum Vertigo 3L pot

    This grass is big and bold, with large purple, broad leaves. Ideal Conditions: Prefers full sun, or partial shade with free-draining soil or compost. Possible Situation: Use either in the back or middle of a container. Alternatively it is great in the border especially in dramatic in clusters, mass plantings, or along slopes.

    Pennisetum Vertigo 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Phalaris arundinacea Picta 3L pot

    Reed Canary Grass. Ribbon Grass. A pretty grass with mid-green and white striped leaves. occasionally striped yellow. Panicles of pale green flushed purple flowers in early summer. Height 1m. Spread Indefinite. Flowers from June to July. Evergreen. Hardy.

    Phalaris arundinacea Picta 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

  • Stipa gigantea 3L pot

    Giant Feather Grass. Golden Oats. A perennial grass with narrow dark green leaves. Large open panicles of large golden spikelets in late spring changing to straw-colour. Remains ornamental till the very hard frosts. Height 1.8m. Spread 1.8m. Flowers from May to June. Evergreen. Hardy

    Stipa gigantea 3L pot

    £5.00

    ( £4.17 ex VAT)

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