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.

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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’

Planting Ideas for the Steps Beds

DeakinLock proposals for the beds on either side of steps – love these ideas! This area enjoys a lot of sunshine – one small bed is next to the dining room will be visible from inside the house; and on the other side of the steps the bed is against the fence and ‘stopped’ by the Viburnum Plicatum which I hope will take after being transplanted.

 On the other side of the steps, against the fence, is a similar planting.