Looking for a mature feather reed grass

(Question)

Hi there,

I am looking for a mature feather reed grass for a flower bed that is about 5′ x 1 1/2′.
I have been searching in several nurseries and found out they are not in season for planting.
You can tell that I am not an expert on plants ^^, but really LOVE the look of feather reed grass.
I am desperate because the house will soon be for sale and the new flower bed in the front yard is empty.
I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for your time!

 

(Answer)

Hi Tracy,

This time of year can  be frustrating for gardeners when searching garden centers for specific perennials and shrubs. The garden centers provide amazing discounts on certain shrubs, perennial, trees as they try and reduce their stock.

My suggestion is to keep on searching or to plant an alternative grass. You might want to check out Northern Sea oats – Chasmanthium latifolium– an upright , narrow arching perennial grass. Flowering occurs from June- September. The flat, green seedheads turn rusty, tan, brown or bronze lasting all winter.

Another suggestion is Fountain Grass – Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Red Head’. The green foliage of this ornamental grass begins to show gold tones with cooler fall temperatures. The grass begins to show it’s huge bottlebrush plumes in mid to late summer. Deep purple buds mature to long lasting smoky-purple plumes that can measure 8cm wide by 20-25cm long.

Another suggestion is to plant some shrubs. You might want to consider Little Lime hydrangea, or a combination of ‘Sixteen Candles’ Summersweet whose foliage is shiny green in summer turning yellow-orange in fall , fragrant white flowers in August along with Little Henry Sweetspire- reddish-purple foliage in the fall and fragrant white flowers in July and ‘Goldflame’ Spirea or ‘Gold Mound’ Spirea.

Good Luck,