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a1154a1154 Sunny South Scotland Posts: 1,020

does anyone know why i bought a pampas grass, having never liked them, and then put it in rather a prominent position In the garden? 

I like the tall, the spiky, i love grasses, like big bold plants, but ive never liked the white pampas grass.  I dont think its to do with being unfashionable or commonly found, that wouldnt bother me, so  dont know why i dont like it exactly.

Its been in a year or more, has grown very well...getting big...eeek..what shall i do with it? 



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,647

    Compost heap?

    I like tall grasses as well but not the top-heavy blobs of pampas grass, white or dirty white (or photoshop pink)

    I don't care about fashion eitherimage

  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 22,975

    Better make your mind up soon as they're a bzzzer to get rid of when they get big.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • a1154a1154 Sunny South Scotland Posts: 1,020

    Its horrible isnt it? I love stipa gigantea, and that has the same sort of shape and size, but that is beautiful. I cant say i have nowhere else for it, i can probably shove it round the back somewhere, but i dont think i will ever like it, compost might be the best bet.

  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 22,975

    It might be ok in the corner of a garden that's big enough to lose a couple of cedars, but not in yer normal back garden.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,050

    Burn it now!

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • CloggieCloggie Cambs Fens but not black soilPosts: 1,444

    The one in my last garden was where a frog overwintered and I've had a robin nest in the variegated one in my current garden.  Not quite sure how, but I killed the one in my old garden (think it was too damp).

    I don't hate Pampas Grass and I like the plumes.  I clearly don't care about fashion nor believe that in your front garden (which mine isn't) it is used as a flag for swingers!!!

    I cut mine back every couple of years and the cuttings make great "brown" for the compost.

  • a1154a1154 Sunny South Scotland Posts: 1,020

    Or pineapple symbols in the house?? Lots of signs apparently, ill let you know if we get any offers! 

    might move it over winter, i do have space to fill. I have lots of sparrows too. 

  • remacremac Posts: 6
      A well established Pampas grass- Dug out the root, couldn't get the stringy tendrils which grow from the root out. There are masses of them and the they go so deep. Question -- will these grow again or will they eventually rot away? If they rot away anyone knows roughly how long it takes and will I have to be careful what I plant in its place until then. I am a beginner and would appreciate any advice.
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