The world’s premier genus of ornamental grasses includes lots of stunning varieties. We offer three that have a unique advantage: They’re infertile. They can’t self-sow and pop up where they’re not welcome.
We’re spotlighting them all, one at a time.
We’ve told you about Scout™ and My Fair Maiden™, so let’s wrap up the series with a look at Bandwidth™.
You’ll have to set your sights a little lower for this one, as it’s the shortest of the three.
Despite its name, Bandwidth™ can’t magically endow your garden with Wi-Fi. But it does bring you lots of bars – gold bars! Narrow, rich green blades are heavily cross-hatched with broad gold bands. And since it stands a stocky 3 foot high at maturity, perfect for mid-border or container use, we can confidently state that no other grass crams more gold into such a small space.
Miscanthus can be slow to emerge in spring in colder areas. Be patient: It grows vigorously once it gets going.
Exposure: Full sun.
Hardiness: Zones 5 – 10.
Landscape: Performs best in fertile, well-drained soil with consistent moisture. Fairly drought-tolerant once established.
Maintenance: Wait until late winter/early spring to cut back. Miscanthus brings movement and structure to the garden even when dormant.