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Stipa

The species of this widely distributed genus of cool season grasses are evergreen in milder climates. All are clump forming and most relish well-drained soil and low humidity. Perfect for cut arrangements, the flowers shimmer in morning and end-of-the-day light, and in the breezes of any hour.

<i>Stipa arundinacea</i>

Like a fountain, the green, bronze and golden narrow blades are upright and arching. Slightly dry soils will intensify the copper tones of this graceful, clumping evergreen Stipa. While grown mostly for its delightful form and color, the subtle inflorescences appear as a fine mist, tinged with small purple and golden seed capsules known as awns.

Blooms June–September

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

<i>Stipa gigantea</i>

Native to Africa and southwestern Europe, this cool season grass boasts 7 ft. tall, jointed stalks, resembling lean bamboo, with airy 10 in. panicles of oat-like &#64258;owers that emerge as purple-on-green, then ripen to pale metallic gold. The unforgettable floral display continues all fall and looks fabulous in cut arrangements. Defined by tidy, narrow green blades, a dense fluid-looking 2 ft. hummock remains evergreen where winters are mild, and where summers are hot and humid, it favors sunny fast-draining sites. We recommend a gentle breeze and backlighting for full effect.

Blooms June–November

Size: 6' 0" – 7' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Stipa ichu (G-0591)

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<i>Stipa ichu</i>

From Peru’s grasslands and rocky plains, this evergreen bunching grass rallies both durability and grace. Ultrathin bright green blades grow in an upright fashion and sport rolled edges coupled with toasty amber fall hues. Swaying just above the fine-cut tuft, a glimmering feather-like array of long, silken silvery-green plumes appears in spring and later broadcasts golden tones once mature. Undaunted by deer, heat, coastal sites and dry conditions, Peruvian Feather Grass is tailor-made for slopes, erosion control, massed plantings and mixed borders, as well as containers. Sunshine, superb drainage, protection from winter cold plus fertile soil ensure its good fortune. 

 

Blooms July–September

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 12" – 2' 0" wide.

Zone 7/8.

Hailing from Down Under, Australia’s ‘Pillar of Smoke’ explodes with 6 to 8 in. whorl-branched panicles of silky copper-colored flowers that age to a smoky silver. The amazing floral plumes are held on sturdy, jointed stems amidst towering clumps of bright green foliage.

Undaunted by wind, poor soils and some drought, this strong-growing, cool season evergreen is perfect for southern and western gardens, as well as coastal sites.

Blooms February–September

Size: 6' 0" – 7' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 9.

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Characterized by delicate-looking fronds...

the deer-proof ferns, which are featured above, unfurl spritely new fiddleheads every spring. All are deciduous save for the lustrous Polystichum, otherwise known as Tassel Fern. Varying shades of green, metallic silver, russet, bronze and burgundy imbue their artful foliage. Second-to-none for shady alcoves, these easy-care perennials can be planted as specimens or grouped in shade gardens, mixed borders and woodland settings. Their filigree-fine features lend sophisticated accents to patio containers or cut arrangements. Ferns will flourish in cool , well-drained moist nooks enriched with compost or well-rotted manure.  

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During the month of July, gardeners sometimes wonder how they can perk up their summer gardens. Sunshine-hued blooms, golden leaves and crisp white flowers lend lively accents. They can be sprinkled amid a mixed border, perennial bed or other plantings, melding well with flowers that include a broad color spectrum from blue-violet to purple and lilac, as well as clear pink and darker rose hues.  

Apart from adding more plants, there are a few simple maintenance techniques that will help your garden maintain a fresh appearance during the summer. The addition of a chipped-bark mulch or well-rotted compost early in the season, not only reduces water requirements throughout the warmer months, but promotes vigorous growth and peppy-looking foliage. Many perennials, such as Nepetas and Geraniums, can be trimmed in June or July. This midseason cut back ensures a tidy stature and more blooms, often all the way ‘til frost.

We hope some of the plants in this newsletter spark some interest and beckon you to dig them into that empty spot in your garden.  

 

 

 

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