Autumn Grasses in Suffolk

The grasses in the front garden are starting to flower and if the weather holds they should be absolutely wonderful during October – it is hard to believe that winter is just round the corner.

A Pennisetum - not quite sure which one
A Pennisetum – not quite sure which one

Calamagrostis Brachytricha is flowering abundantly – soft, feathery, pinkish flower heads which are quite ethereal. And I like the combination with the echinacea seed pods. The flowers will stand through the winter and then I will cut down hard in the spring.

15-10-3 Monk Frith Garden LR-7378

Miscanthus Sinensis ‘Kleine Silberspinne’ is thicker and more luscious than ever before and the dark pinky-brown flower heads are just starting to rise above the leaves. The clumps are now in their fifth year and properly established. I will cut down in the early spring.

Miscanthus Sinensis 'Kleine Silberspinne'
Miscanthus Sinensis ‘Kleine Silberspinne’
Miscanthus Sinensis 'Kleine Silberspinne' & Stipa Tenuissima
Miscanthus Sinensis ‘Kleine Silberspinne’ & Stipa Tenuissima

Stipa Gigantea has done well again, but the bergenias are starting to crowd the plant and I need to remove a few.

Stipa Gigantea
Stipa Gigantea

And the newly planted Carex Testacea which I have combined with Heuchera ‘Crême Brûlée and a purple sedum.

Carex Testacea
Carex Testacea

Luzula Nivea looks interesting.

Luzula Nivea
Luzula Nivea

Carex ‘Frosted Curls’ should also be fun!

Carex 'Frosted Curls'
Carex ‘Frosted Curls’


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