October 2008

In the mellow light of soft October the garden is vibrant and glowing with intense colour. Skeletal seed-heads and bleached out feather grasses are thrown into sharp relief against darkening foliage whilst airy stems ofVerbena bonariensis add little touches of delicate mauve.
Clumps of Pheasant’s Tail grass, Anemanthele lessoniana are turning from green with just a hint of bronze into glowing tones of orange, magenta and pink that will last throughout the winter months. This wonderful evergreen grass gives year-round form and structure and makes an excellent specimen plant in the border or a container. Movement is the added dimension as the fine foliage waves even in the slightest breeze.
Right now it is self-seeding freely in the gravel garden so I am potting up all the seedlings I can find for the NGS plant stall at my next open garden in May.

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