I hope yours does really well for you and encourages you to try other grasses. If needed evergreens can be cut back (by up to half) at almost any time from April to July. So cut them back hard now, before the new green shoots show so there is no risk of cutting them back as well. Yes, I had considered natural variability, as well as soil & moisture (not exposure, because they are all in full sun). yep, just found their photo stream on flickr…looking fab, pity I didn’t know about it when I lived there or maybe it’s a fairly new garden. It will be exciting to see how they vary. Shame about the stipa, shade and heavy soil does seem to put them off. Stipa gigantea is my favourite grass, with the sun shining through it, it is just like spun gold! This is very useful again, Kate. Based on my experience, anemanthele does well for at least five years, more perhaps depending on the conditions in which it’s grown. If I can find the name of it I’ll get back to you. Unfortunately it is not hardy in my garden, so it is one I loved and lost. Here are three of the several evergreens I grow, each is groomed in different ways according to the instructiions on their care labels. Since 2012 the original three at the front of the border did so well that I added a further five in 2013. In warmer areas the grass will be greener and will not die back. Spread: 120cm (47"). Stipa gigantea comes in a range of sizes, from the shortest ‘Pixie’ to the tallest ‘Gold Fontaene’, last year Neil Lucas introduced ‘Goldilocks’ which is of medium height. Just comb it through with a rake to dethatch and let it grow away. Once the centre of the plant looks this thatchy it’s time to replace them with seedlings coming into their third year. Nigel Grange. Don’t think they like it too dry either in summer. To curtail wayward seedlings I deadhead anemanthele, preferably on a damp day before the seed sets. I am scaling back âTanikaâ â composting about 80% of it. Don’t cut any lower, as this may kill it. Anemanthele lessoniana (Pheasant's tail grass) A tuft forming clump of very fine leaves that are mid-green early in the year, but turn orange-bronze from autumn. Posted by kate@barnhouse in Ornamental grasses, Anemanthele lessoniana, Chionochloa 'Rubra', grooming evergreen grasses, stipa gigantea. Cut back every 2 years for a fresh look. Anemanthele lessoniana - Pheasant's Tail Grass (syn. Planted in three waves, they don’t need replacing all in one go. I’ll try again with Stipa gigantea and I might even find space for five of them. Since finding them a sunny, sheltered, and spacious spot in well-drained soil they’ve thrived on very little attention from me. Anemanthele lessoniana 'Sirocco' RHS Plants for Pollinators plants This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects. Having sulked in four other positions in this as well as my last garden, I’d almost given up on them. The genus Anemanthele … Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Now a question. Bowles and The Riddle of the Pheasant’s Tail Grass, Hakonechloa macra : Japanese Forest Grass. If they’re looking thatchy I might lightly rake them through either using a spring tine rake or by running my hands through from the base of the plant. Its arching flower heads and slightly arching foliage give movement to a border. Anemanthele lessoniana, This perennial grass forms rounded tufted clumps with upright to arching long flat-linear pointed leaves. Maybe it’s just a well kept secret? It will self-seed around lightly but any excess seedlings are easy to remove. C.rubra would look fabulous spilling down your slope! Thank you Kate for another interesting and informative post. Wordless Wednesday : Curiouser and Curiouser …. Seedlings take two years to grow a good root system, only then do they make sturdy plants for spacing in the border. Until then they’re top-heavy and, although stipa doesn’t like to be overcrowded, they work well from a young age with early summer flowering bulbs like alliums. This evergreen ornamental grass is a good choice for shady areas. Our last winter was the longest and wettest in a long time – perhaps 10 years – and for the first time I felt that a mere combing of my Anemanthele lessoniana clumps wouldn’t be enough, so I cut them back in early spring. There’s a garden in N.Ireland where they make good specimens in big planters. At that time, cut back bloodgrass to the ground or simply give it a haircut to remove winter damage. Being evergreen, it should not be cut down. So cut them back hard now, before the new green shoots show so there is no risk of cutting them back as well. The plants may self â¦ The longevity of grasses versus their seeding or growth habits fascinates me, I can see that some are much lower maintenance for being truly perennial than others. S 60cm. Anemanthele lessoniana, This perennial grass forms rounded tufted clumps with upright to arching long flat-linear pointed leaves. You can also control size in this way, by spending a peaceful half hour removing the tallest blades one at the time. The leaf colour varies from green to golden-yellow to reddish and the reddish fluf Anemanthele lessoniana can be incorporated in a variety of ways into your garden to add style. Good luck with yours. I did write a post on Himalyan Fairy Grass as it’s also known – the star plant is in my neighbour’s garden. C Average soil; full sun. Anemanthele is a likeable chameleon, in a dry sunny spot the orange tints are sharpest, in damp shade foliage is more olive-green. Orientating them to catch the sun pays off, tall airy flowered grasses look amazing backlit, here by the mellow evening sun in high summer. Pheasant's tail grass. Details: Height: 150 cm: Width: 150 cm: Growth per Annum: Fast: Climate: Hardy: Sun: Full Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade: Soil: Well Drained: Native gossomer grass widely cultivated for use as an attractive ornamental garden plant. Trimming off the top growth won’t hurt, it may even help perk it up. Flowers are good for drying and preserving. Usually from seed or division of clumps. Genus Anemanthele are semi-evergreen grasses forming a clump of slender leaves of attractive, arching habit, with large, feathery sprays of tiny reddish-brown flowers Details A. lessoniana is an elegant clump-forming grass with narrow arching leaves, becoming tinged with red or orange in summer and autumn, and airy arching … Amenanthele lessoniana comes from New Zealand, where it is found mainly on the eastern side of North and South Islands and is rare and declining. I have four mature Stipa gigantea, all of which I started from seed four or five years ago. This year the younger and more vigorous row beside the more sheltered cedar path were cut back by 50%. Propagation â¦ I have heard that there’s an RHS trial of Stipa gigantea in the pipeline, there have been a number of new introductions like ‘Goldilocks’ and ‘Pixie’, I wonder if this will come up? Nigel Grange. In our exposed garden overwintering foliage tips are first tinted, then dried by frosts as well as by desiccating winds, cutting them back too soon risks the new foliage too. It makes me want to be more adventurous with them. Stipa arundinacea; Soil â Moist â¦ Or, bundle up the grass with twine so it stays together in a column of foliage, enlist a friend to hold it up (for goodness’ sake don’t trim their ankles! Thank you, Dan, I’m glad you like it. Propagation. ... For bulkier orders, we’ll be back in touch to confirm a freight price. The second method is to ignore them until they are unattractive and oversized, and â¦ Instead of cutting them back hard, snip out the spent flower heads only and then â¦ Spent day lily stems in a mass of anemanthele inflorescence. Anemanthele lessoniana. What an evocative description, Pauline your Stipas sound very happy in your garden. Habit. I think it would work well on tough leaved carex too, I have some pot grown green leaved Frosted Curls that are looking very sorry for themselves right now. USDA zones: 8 - 10 Sunset zones: 14 - 24 Mature size: 2 - 3 feet high â¦ Try planting in a position where light will come through from behind, a favourite trick with many ornamental grasses, or perhaps against a contrasting background. A New Look for the National Garden Scheme! Macplants nursery is a plant nursery and garden centre located near Pencaitland, in East Lothian, near Edinburgh, in Scotland. Anemanthele lessoniana is not the only grass that presents a management puzzle. This is a semi evergreen grass, close to freezing it will die back in winter and will need to be cut back to the ground in winter. Anemanthele lessoniana (Wind Grass) Previous Next. ( Log Out / I donât cut it back, though you can prune as low as about 15cm (six inches) from the ground. SI All year. If you’ve space between plants, Iris sibirica work nicely as a long term, early flowering combination – both are usually on sale on the same time of year. They look fantastic, but except for one of the clumps – which also happens to be the largest – the others have a fairly large number of flowering culms that seem to die at different stages before they are fully grown, and the ‘aborted’ seed heads on those culms look dry instead of coppery, and the culms break easily and look like it’s already mid-winter. The evergreen foliage slowly turns a rich bronze-brown shade for a stunning winter display. Evergreen grasses such as Stipa gigantea , Cortaderia (pampas grass) and Anemanthele lessoniana need more gentle treatment, however. It got a bit stressed immmediately afterwards and no longer looks lush. Anemanthele lessoniana is a fantastic ornamental grass that provides year-round colour, movement and structure in a variety of garden situations. Anemanthele Anemanthele. Easy in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in sun or light shade. Thanks so much for this inspiring and helpful post. It has another two years to win me over but at this stage, I think I would prefer to replace it with our native Anemanthele lessoniana which fills a similar niche but with more foliar interest and lower maintenance requirements. ANEMANTHELE lessoniana - Pheasant grass - Woottens Plant Nursery Herbaceous perennial plant specialists in Suffolk offering mail order plants. Reaching nearly 1m (36inches) Anemanthele lessoniana works well as an accent plant in the garden border, can be used as an infill plant or can be used in pots or containers or as a specimen plant. The garden is in w. Corke. Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline) Patent Information: Unknown - Tell us. Re anemanthele : even within the UK certain grasses perform differently so require different maintenance, especially at the juvenile stages – I got away with a lot more growing them in London than I do here on the (winter-wet) Welsh borders. This plant has never fully recovered, and has never matched it's former brillance. Regards Nigel. Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: moderately fertile, medium to light, well-drained soil Rate of growth: fast-growing Flowering period: June to September Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection) Pheasant's tail is a wonderful grass that provides year-round colour, movement and structure. There’s not much to do, the flowering spikes fall by December here, which only leaves snipping out the woody stubs of last year’s stems in early April. Check out our Shipping Information page for more info. A. lessoniana - A. lessoniana is a clump-forming, semi-evergreen to evergreen grass, with arching, mid-green leaves, flushed red or orange in autumn, and airy, arching panicles of reddish-brown flower spikelets in late summer. Awarded an AGM from the RHS, every border should have at least one of these New Zealand beauties. Chosen by Rosemary â¦ So far, seed hasn’t germinated. To my utter delight and amazement, the once miserable plants self-seed profusely now. Usually from seed or division of clumps. With its strong colors it works better as an accent plant rather tahn in mass plantings. arundinacea, Autumn musings : Lofty cultivars of Miscanthus sinensis, Filming Barn House garden for BBC Gardeners’ World 2016. Once established it has a low water requirement, responding to mulch and an occasional deep watering during dry periods, particularly for young plants. Thank you Annette, I’m pleased you like the look of the less often seen C.rubra. Does the same happen with some your S. gigantea clumps? It’s for joy.”, Learning to love The Pink and Orange Patio, NGS open garden day : Sunday 21st June, 2-5.30pm, Calamagrostis : a great grass for all seasons, Miscanthus sinensis : “queen of the grasses”. Great post Kate. Propagation. A graceful tussock-type grass with feathery flowerheads and arching copper-tinged foliage. Potted plants ordered for collection from the nursery can be ready 4 working days after the â¦ Fifty of them are planted a metre apart formimg a low hedge beside the drive which then curves back in a loop around the Acer griseum. Three of these plants are now in their twelfth year, remarkably they’re still looking good, I’d expect them to be getting a little bald and nobbly in the centre. It sounds as though you take a keen interest in grasses too. The above images of seedlings lifted from the gravel path were either potted-up or planted in a nursery bed last spring. For a tidier look try cutting back by 50% before new growth commences in spring. Showa gloves are great for gently grooming grasses by hand, designed to be slightly tacky loose leaves stick to them. Unlike many grasses Chionochloa rubra doesn’t divide happily, let alone romp away. I was whooping in agreement when I read his authoritative cultivation notes : anemanthele should never be cut right back to ground level. They’ve put on about four inches of new growth already. Plant Anemanthele lessoniana in large drifts for maximum impact. It may be cut back hard in spring. Donât cut any lower, as this may kill it. This airy evergreen grass is spectacular when ruffled by the breeze, adding movement to borders and containers. I reduced them by 30%. Sesleria autumnalis : A New Grass for the Little Meadow? Flowers are good for cutting. Sometimes it is necessary to âcut backâ your plants for the good of the plants and to insure safe packing and arrival of your order. They stay this colour right through the winter. I have always grown and loved grasses but I have never seen them displayed en masse and looking as wonderful as in your garden. Flowers are good for cutting. Just comb it through with a rake to dethatch â¦ It is useful to know which ones to cut back and when. Species. Plant Anemanthele lessoniana in large drifts for maximum impact. H 60cm. I am at once tempted to replace the three under-performing plants with seedlings of the best one – they all self-sow with abandon around my garden – and reluctant to replace mature plants that have taken years to reach that point with open-pollinated seedlings that are not guaranteed to perform like their better parent. 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Maybe good for a container too. Back to Plant List. I am going to Beth Chatto’ s tomorrow so I shall be on the look out for some more. Recently I was given Crug Farm’s cultivar M.n.’Shikola’, this and Pan Global Plants one are meant to be hardier. As an experiment, I went against all the recommendations I’d read and cut a couple right down to the ground, and to my surprise they are the ones that are looking the best now: all lush, fresh growth, in contrast to the still convalescent look of all the other clumps. Looking for your experience of hard pruning/care of established pheasants tail grass (anemanthele lessoniana). Need more info? Simply put on some eye protection, then cut each blade as far down into the base of the plant as possible. Amenanthele lessoniana comes from New Zealand, where it is found mainly on the eastern side of North and South Islands and is rare and declining . With some evergreens like this Anemanthele lessoniana (also known as Stipa arundinacea), they can get relatively strawy on top after a few seasons and can be cut back, but this must be done when the plant is … In late summer wispy stems of small, purple flowers are produced. Do not cut back in autumn or winter. Thank you Cathy, that’s a great idea – I shall try a dog comb on the paintbrushes. Regards Nigel. Have a lovely trip to Beth Chatto’s garden and nursery – both great for grasses, of course! Part of my winter reading was Lawrie Metcalf’s The Cultivation of New Zealand Native Grasses. So glad I put them all together having seen your photo of the mature ones en masse. See more growing tips in Japanese Bloodgrass: A Field Guide to Planting, Care & Design in our curated Garden Design 101 guides to â¦ ), and use your gas or electric hedging shears to cut … Stipa leaves are leathery, for me gloves are a must. In late summer wispy stems of small, purple flowers are produced. By the way have you ever grown my favourite Miscanthus nepalensis? Anemanthele lessoniana. This is one of the best ornamnetal grasses for colour, it make an excellent accent plant with only the centre of the plant being green, the rest is wonderful color. I’m so glad that it is doing well in the garden here, we now have two, but who knows, maybe I’ll have to add another! All of which suggests that sourcing good-sized plants from a specialist nursery is a sound investment. Chionochloa rubra next.. Good to hear the more mature ones have transplanted well, there’s been quite a bit of frost here over the last few weeks – just looking at magnolias in the garden today, lots of blooms have been burnt. For me short-lived, free-flowering, self-seeding grasses are useful, even if their habits have to be controlled. Thanks for the mention Kate. Anemanthele lessoniana is a valuable evergreen perennial grass with narrow leathery dark green arching leaves. I put them in half shade last time for some dozy reason. Thatchy strands blend in, as do spent flowering stems. HR RHS H4, USDA 7a-9b. In a garden setting this makes it easier to deal with unwanted seedlings. Also, it may depend on which form the seed came from…. The evergreen foliage slowly turns a rich bronze-brown shade for a stunning winter display. It forms a large clump of slender, evergreen foliage, which emerges green, but becomes streaked with yellow, orange and red with age, resulting in a fiery, eye-catching display in … Collections. The regime can seem complicated, especially where greater numbers of plants are involved. Plants with tall flowering stems and lots of foliage may lose a great deal of water in transit and cutting back helps reduce this stress. Anemanthele lessoniana Pheasant's tail grass, ... Now mail order runs all year round and thus requires us to maybe cut back some of your plants, particularly from April to October. Anemanthele lessoniana (Formerly Stipa arundinacea) Pheasant's Tail Grass, New Zealand Wind Grass A semi-evergreen ornamental grass with arching, medium green foliage that turns copper in fall. Anemanthele lessoniana (stipa arundinacea) has dark green orange/brown arching leaves that become more intense during the winter months. Choose our own method. Anemanthele lessoniana Pheasant's tail grass, New Zealand wind grass ... Now mail order runs all year round and thus requires us to maybe cut back some of your plants, particularly from April to October. Hi. How interesting, Kate. I am scaling back ‘Tanika’ – composting about 80% of it. Anemanthele lessoniana is: Semi evergreen. Noticeably, in mid-summer, tussocks look greener than in winter. Great tips – thank you. If you get a third which one will you try? Pheasant's tail grass. 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