Why we chose them: Our favourites
- Stylish ornamental grasses
- Lots of interest throughout the year
- Lovely blue or blue-green leaves
- Attractive, persistent flower heads
- You’ll get four jumbo plug (5cm) plants, two each of two different varieties
Switch grasses, varieties of Panicum virgatum, are deciduous ornamental grasses, but that doesn’t mean they die down to nothing in winter. Instead, they “die” very gracefully in autumn, the leaves changing colour and remaining throughout the colder months, increasing their seasons of interest. Then cut them down to ground level in late winter/early spring for the new year’s growth and display to come through and delight you once more. They’re brilliant for adding height, drama, structure and swaying movement to beds, border and containers and great additions to prairie planting schemes. And we’ve got two of the best varieties.
Panicum virgatum Prairie Sky is probably the bluest-leaved switch grass, whose striking, steely-blue foliage and flower stems and foliage in spring to summer turn golden orange-yellow in autumn and remain throughout winter. In late summer, it is topped with delicate, pendant, open, blue-green flower heads that persist well into winter, extending the period of interest.
Panicum virgatum Shenandoah (AGM winner) boasts steely, blue-green leaves that take on tones of violet, purple, burgundy and wine red in late summer. In summer it produces purplish flower heads. It forms a dense clump of foliage.
Prairie Sky Height 120cm (48in), Spread 90cm (36in); Shenandoah Height 100cm (40in), Spread 80cm (32in)
All our plants come with full cultural and growing instructions which are also available to download. See Growing Guide tab above.
These plants will be despatched within 3-5 working days. Price of plants and bulbs includes FREE shipping.