Fountain Grass –
Fountain Grass is one of the most popular grasses. Plants form an upright clump of arching green leaves, bearing bottlebrush spikes of soft-mauve flowers that turn to buff or tan as they dry. Most effective when mass planted, but also useful as a specimen accent in the garden or in containers. Flowers are excellent for cutting, fresh or dried. Plants usually remain attractive well into the winter, the leaves turning bright golden-yellow in the fall. Clumps may be easily divided in spring. Old foliage should be cut to the ground in March. Drought tolerant once established.
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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.