Little Bunny –
The small, compact habit of ‘Little Bunny’ makes this sweet fountaingrass a great selection for sunny summer borders. In spring, plants form neat, clumped mounds of pale to medium green, blades. From summer to fall, large feathery flower spikes of ivory arise from thin upright stems. Both its leaves and flowers turn a wheat color in autumn and persist through winter, but should be cut back in spring.
Fountaingrass is best grown in full sun and average, well drained soil. It looks best when planted in masses and mixes well with sedums, and late blooming salvias. Smaller cultivars like ‘Little Bunny’ work well for edging or as container plants. Its long-lived flower plumes make wonderful additions to fresh or dry arrangements.
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Grow Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’ in full sun. Like so many plants, this ornamental grass craves a well-drained soil. If you are cursed with a soil that is somewhat waterlogged, try a sedge grass instead. In fact, Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’ is considered a drought-tolerant ornamental grass.
Divide in late spring or early autumn. Sow seed in early spring at 55° to 65°F.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Cut foliage back just before new shoots appear in late winter to early spring.
Daylily – Colorful daylily flowers in reds, golds, yellows, and purples contrast beautifully with fountaingrass. They thrive in the same conditions.
False sunflower – The brilliant yellow and golden daisy flowers of false sunflower are cooled down when planted near fountaingrass, and together they create a meadow look in full sun.
Dahlia – The wonderful assortment of dahlia flowers in all colors and shapes lose some of their stiff formality when planted with fountaingrass. Both prefer full sun.