Tarheel Sedge. A collection from Campbell County Tennessee by botanist Aaron Floden of this Southeastern native. Densely tidy clumps of thin evergreen lightly arching blades allows you to check the design element boxes for textural contrast and low maintenance. An unchecked box can gnaw at you as we all know.
I have always been attracted to aureolas and this Aureola is one of the finest. One of the 10 best ornamental grasses and perhaps the best for light shade, this deciduous species from Japan forms a beautiful undulating surf of foliage when planted in drifts. It is a great plant.
Caterpillar Grass. This is a cool evergreen grass (semi-evergreen in our winters) from South Africa. The low grassy 15" mounds of leaves won't turn your head but the flowers will. Wiry stems bear seedheads looking like a Caterpillar on a stick. Seriously. It's seriously fun.
Japanese Blood Grass. One of the finest of all ornamental grasses. This selection is slow growing and doesn't seed about unlike the straight species. Fabulous red foliage win sun slowly making dense clumps. Goes dormant in winter and just a few simple snips and fall cleanup is done.
Excellent dwarf grass forming dense tussocks with dark seedheads bobbing on wiry stems. Choice little plant for the rock garden or trough and suitable for the open garden in that special little niche.
At garden cocktail parties where the design elite and the grass cognoscenti compare notes over a cool Negroni perfectly mixed with Punt e Mes vermouth, this is often alluded to as their favorite grass. Thin green supple leaves are imbued with a simple timeless grace and the delicate seed-like white flowers are the perfect contrast.
One of the better grasses you will find as this has impeccable manners coupled with tasteful presentation. A dense and self-contained spiky green mound of thin green blades gives rise to dark-stemmed flower spikes which can reach 30" tall and are at their best in late summer to autumn. Came to us via Marchant's in the UK.
One of the cutest Mondo Grasses around! This little Chinese species has very fine leaves making a tight little mound which is decorated with white flowers in spring. The flowers are not what grabs us though as they give way to rounded oval shiny blue fruits that beg to be admired. Easy in part shade.
A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering. Keying Ophiopogon requires a keener taxonomic mind than we possess plus a bottle of sippin' whiskey within easy reach as it is a frustrating endeavor. This is a little gem forming loose open tussocks of fine bladed grassy green leaves which provides excellent viewing of the comparatively large brilliant blue fruit.
Our collection from Leigongping in Guizhou in October of 2012. This had narrow evergreen leaves to 16" with clusters of blue fruit and was growing in a mixed deciduous forest of Castanea, Carpinus and Fagus with nearby shrubs of Skimmia and Symplocos.
Our collection from Guizhou in an area famed for its vast diversity and density of Rhododendron species. It was really quite staggering to see even in the fall when all was out of flower. This little Mondo Grass in the wild had narrow evergreen leaves to 6" with 8" flower stems bearing up to 7 glossy blue-black fruits.
Very distinct and we think pretty darned choice Mondo Grass from our collection in Guizhou China. This is a sweety with wide leaves (it is all comparative when talking about Ophipogons) that twist and lay flat showing off their white striped undersides. This stays very low and is a slow grower with white flowers and blue fruit.
This is an indicator plant useful for delineating highly refined plant geeks. Perfection of scale and form with very narrow slightly curled leaves and delicate white flowers followed by improbably rich blue shiny fruit. Involuntary moaning is perfectly acceptable. Very slow clumper.
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