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Looking for a grass species to use in a seashore themed container garden, ideally good for wildlife and providing year round interest of some sort. Any ideas?

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 45,984

    The Carex bronze form is nice - I could have sent you any amount of that a few years ago - it seeds like mad! I'd also suggest the oshimensis Evergold carex. Does well in containers as well as in the ground. Phormiums are superb in containers. They'll give a perfect seaside feel. 

    Not sure how well it would do in a container, but I have Spartina which is a taller, green/gold variegated grass. I love it but it's not always readily available. It eventually forms a large arching clump. 

    http://i1331.photobucket.com/albums/w595/fairygirl55/DSCF0085_zpsx2gkpagq.jpg

     

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Wow, lots of options, thanks. What's in the picture?
  • Festuca Glauca Elijah Blue? Adds a little bit of interest due to the colour image 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 45,984

    That's the Spartina. The smaller grass in front is Hakonechloa  - a lovely grass. Forms a big clump eventually. Neither are evergreen but they start into growth quite early and last well into autumn. Both these plants are quite young.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126

    If you want the genuine seaside product, go for leymus arenarius. It is invasive so keeping it in a container is a good idea.

  • Thanks! The Leymus does look good, I may have a go at growing it from seed.

     

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126

    It took me two years to get the stuff to grow from seed. The first lot wouldn't germinate.

  • Can I ask if both sets of seed came from the same place?
  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126

    They did indeed......Thompson and Morgan.

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