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Discussion in 'NEW Gardeners !' started by David Kearley, Aug 10, 2021.

  1. David Kearley

    David Kearley Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi all again,

    I had great response to my planter question a little while back, i'm now looking for a specific plant but have no idea of name etc.

    It needs to be a grass type plant, perennial, like a mostly shaded area in a large raised planter :) Fairly tall, maybe 1m or a little more/less, spread of around 1m also.

    In the picture, centre left is a Hydrangea, I want to move that to a large pot and put the grassy thing in there as a backdrop - as we use the garden, that side of the planter is the back and mostly shaded.

    If I recall correctly the two plants in the rear corners are Nandina.

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    Hello! Would Miscanthus fit? There are various versions, with vertical or horizontal stripes and lovely 'flowers' in autumn.
     
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    Thanks, that looks good, just had a quick read and slight concerns over it growing to 12' high and being invasive? Maybe thats only if left to grow unhindered ?

    I'll put it on the list though
     
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    IIRC, smaller varieties are available :biggrin: I've got a couple in the bed on the drive and they never get above 1.54m, 1m circumference.
     
  5. David Kearley

    David Kearley Apprentice Gardener

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    Ok thanks

    Is it important to wait for a certain time of year to be moving plants about or can it be done anytime ?
     
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    That's a tricky one! Here October is the only month it's possible. There, if you're not in a frost pocket, I'd say September/October would be ideal. Whenever you move them, you'll need to keep an eye on watering should it turn dry. Unlikely, I know, but it can happen :)
     
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    Thanks, all noted.
     
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