Growing Made Easy Spring18 Spring 2018 - Page 6

Recommended Varieties Blue Fescue - Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’ Big Bluestem - Andropogon gerardii ‘Indian Warrior’ • Forms a small tuft of steely blue foliage, with short spikes of tan flowerheads in summer • Very drought- tolerant when established, and excellent for xeriscaping, rock gardens, border edging, and all sorts of purposes • Ht: 1ft Sp: 1ft Zone 3 • A tall and well- behaved grass that is drought- tolerant when established and grows in a range of soil types • Well-behaved clumps of blue- green foliage develop a smoky purple colour by midsummer, intensifying in the fall. Deep purple flowerheads in late summer to fall • Ht: 6ft Sp: 2ft Zone 3 Feather Reed Grass - Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ • Our best- selling perennial, much-loved for its tall and narrow growth habit, ease of growth and reliability • Well-behaved clumps of lush green foliage that sway elegantly in the wind. Variegated forms are available as well • Purplish flowerheads, maturing to tan, appear from midsummer to fall • Ht: 5-6ft Sp: 2-3ft Zone 3 Blue Oat Grass - Helictotrichon sempervirens • Very elegant clump-forming grass with arching, fountain-like, steel-blue foliage • Tan flower spikes appear in summer and last through the fall • Amazing accent plant and xeriscape plant, drought-tolerant once established and tolerant of a range of soil types • Ht: 3ft Sp: 2ft Zone 3 Variegated Moor Grass - Molinia caerulea ‘Variegata’ • Compact clump-forming grass with elegant white- striped foliage • Purple flowers mature to gold, appearing from midsummer to fall • Shade tolerant, and prefers moist, fertile soil • Ht: 2ft Sp: 1.5ft Zone 4