Feather Grass –
Selected as Perennial Plant of the Year for 2001. This grass performs well in a wide range of climates, remains attractive for months on end, and is not invasive in any way. Clumps are strongly upright, with dark green leaves. Soft feathery green plumes appear in summer, maturing into stiff wheat-coloured spikes, which last into winter. May be used in large groupings towards the back of a border, but also very effective when used more as a single specimen. Hardy enough to survive in containers or tubs in most regions. Clumps may be easily divided in spring. Trim to the ground in March. For a time this was also sold as under the cultivar name ‘Stricta’, but trials at Longwood Gardens showed that ‘Stricta’ and ‘Karl Foerster’ are identical.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Easily grown in average, medium to wet soil in full sun. Does well in heavy clay soils, unlike many of the other ornamental grasses. Prefers moist, rich soils which do not dry out. Blooms in light shade, and appreciates some light afternoon shade in hot summer climates.
Cut clumps to the ground in late winter just before the new shoots appear. This grass will not self-seed in the garden because seeds are sterile.
Aster – Mounds of pink, purple, or white asters look great in the fall garden surrounding the upright form of feather reedgrass.
Sedum – Tall sedums, such as ‘Autumn Joy’, with their rosy blooms that mature brown, create a stunning muted fall color scheme when paired with feather reedgrass.
Coneflower – For a knockout sunny summer combination, plant purple coneflower next to feather reedgrass.