The pink flower clusters of 'Morning Light' Japanese silver grass (above; top left) and the strawgold plumes of 'Karl Foerster' feather reed grass
(top right) add movement and color.
For a dramatic effect on a dry slope, consider using big clumps of feather reed grass
to add height to a sea of ground-hugging Stipa tenuissima.
At the nth encounter, the Zen master points to this image of feather reed grass
in the wind.
In areas prone to soil erosion such as slopes, cover with stiff clumps of feather reed grass
. Calamagrostis will add height to groundhugging Stipa tenuissima.
Top choices include giant miscanthus (Miscantbus x giganteus) and 'Karl Foerster' feather reed grass
. Growing seed-sterile varieties of giant miscanthus (maiden grass), researchers at the University of Illinois achieved double the straw yield typical of switch grass, a popular native grass grown for hay.
Now it is defined by feather reed grass
, which has a rare quality of being upright but not stiff, dancing in the slightest breeze.
By our third year of garden building, perennials like Joe-Pyeweed (Eupatorium maculatum) and ornamental grasses like feather reed grass
(Calamagrostis acutifolia) had reached 5 ft in height and ground covers like lamb's ears (Stachys byzantina) and lamium (Lamium maculatum) had a spread of 4 to 5 ft.
These include bamboos, pampas grass at the tall end along with Calamagrostis, the feather reed grass
which hails from Eastern Europe and Russia with the best being the named variety Karl Foerster.
In the front yard, she achieved that by loosely layering unfussy perennials--including tufts of grassy-looking orange-streaked Anemanthele lessoniana-, 'Walker's Low' nepeta for purple contrast; clumps of Santa Barbara daisies, which die down in winter and reseed themselves; and feather reed grass
(Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster').
See-through screening of feather reed grass
softens the low wall.
TO create a seamless late-flowering border, look to nature for inspiration and plant feather reed grass
, Calamagrostis Karl Foerster with the Michaelmas daisies Aster novi-belgii Coombe Rosemary and Ada Ballard and agapanthus in interlocking bold drifts.