As I mentioned in a previous post, I've spent a lot of time reviewing my garden photos from the past year as I map out my big plans for this year. In a lot of ways, the photos tell a different story than what I experienced out in the garden - a welcomed different perspective.
One plant I've come to appreciate even more through photos is Miscanthus 'Variegatus':
This ornamental grass, with it's variegation (equal parts white/green), is a welcome foil to all of the surrounding green foliage. I had no idea how many photos I had snapped of this beauty over the past year until recently. Before I share these with you, some bits of info are in order:
- Mature size falls in the 5' to 6' range (a little taller when in bloom)
- Survives in zones 5-9
- Prefers full sun
- Seems to be OK with most soil types including my poor draining clay
- Is a "warm season" grass meaning the foliage starts to grow when the temps warm up later in spring
- Flowers in mid to late September here in zone 6B. The blooms are reddish and tassel like.
- Flopping over later in the season is a known problem due to its large size but one I've yet to experience.
Now on to the photos:
Here she is (far right) at about three feet tall in July:
The variegation shining through the Panicum blooms:
The foliage contrasting well behind a Viburnum and amongst a sea of green:
Glowing in early evening:
Looks fantastic back lit by the sun:
Contrasts so well with the early autumn foliage of Itea 'Henry's Garnet':
The blooms emerge in late September:
And finally, like most ornamental grasses, they provide winter interest:
So what do you think? Are you a fan? Is staking a necessity?
Let me know already, won't you?