August plant of the moment


Elegant ornamental grasses

Ornamental grasses bring elegance, colour, texture and unrivalled interest into the garden. There is a vast array of grasses to choose from and they can be found in a spectrum of colours and forms from tall feathered varieties to smaller more delicate flowers.


Grasses work well in borders and in pots so no matter what space you have, there will be an ideal plant for your garden. Excellent and popular grasses for pots include Blue Fescue Grass with its blue tones and Slender Sweet Flag ‘Ogon’ which is a zesty lime colour. For something a little taller, look out for the Zebra Grass (Miscanthus ‘Zebrinus’).


Planting certain grasses along paths and in borders, where they can be easily touched, brings a sensory aspect to the garden and Feathertop Grass (Pennisetum) or annual grasses like Bunny Tails are perfect for this. It’s lovely to be able to run your fingers through the grasses as you admire the garden on a warm day.

ornamental grasses

If you’d like a grass that lasts long into the winter months, the popular Pampas Grass is wonderful. The feathery plumes rise high into the air creating a brilliant focal point. Taller grasses such as the Pampus are delightful on a blustery day as they sway in the breeze. Golden Oats (Stipa gigantea) is also a beautiful tall grass and a real showstopper.

Visit your local Homebase store for our full range or browse selected ornamental grasses online, now.

Top tips:

  • Generous groups of plants create better, and more dramatic, displays so think about planting clusters or drifts of grasses.
  • Grasses grow well in pots, just make sure you choose a heavy pot and weight it down so it stands up to strong winds.
  • The tops of some grasses will die over winter. Cut the dead away immediately; it’ll give the new shoots a better chance when the spring comes.

Companion plants:

There are lots of plants that work well with your ornamental grasses and the following are particularly successful:

  • Achillea
  • Asters
  • Astrantia
  • Bergamot (Monarda didyma)
  • Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’)
  • Centaurea
  • Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’
  • Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
  • Gaura lindheimeri
  • Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’
  • Herb Fennel
  • Ice Plant (Sedum spectabile and other varieties)
  • Liatris spicata
  • Macedonian Scabious (Knautia macedonica)
  • Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’
  • Turkish Sage (Phlomis russeliana)

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