Posted on 22nd Feb 2016
|Calamagrostis xacutiflora 'Karl Foerster' was the first ornamental grass to be named Perennial Plant of the year. It deserves the spotlight. Taking a solo or singing along with the chorus, in gardens large or small, it's a versatile performer that makes a designer look like a genius. 'Karl Foerster' gets the rave reviews and the name recognition, but the reed grass ensemble features other standouts.|
Don't overlook 'Overdam', a stand-up form like 'Karl Foerster' but with creamy white vertical stripes.
Or C. arundinacea var. brachtytricha, a triple-threat trouper with erect habit, prominent pink flower spikes, and a grand finale of yellow fall foliage.
C. acutiflora 'Avalanche' is a stunning variegated form of 'Karl Foerster'; and the reverse variegation of C. 'Overdam', this selection has deep green leaves with a wide white stripe down the center.