Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra) is a very beautiful ornamental grass that forms a cascading mound of bright green bamboo-like foliage that ripples in the slightest breeze. The species is very adaptable, long-lived and tough, resilient to pests and diseases, and does best in part shade, but also grows well in full sun and in full shade. It is one of the few grasses that will tolerate moist shade. It grows to 1.5-2 feet tall and 2 feet wide. In the fall, it changes to exquisite copper-orange shades. Amazing along a border, or planted under trees and large shrubs, or as an accent plant in a mixed bed.
Ajuga is a great, easy to grow, winter hardy groundcover that forms a dense mat of foliage, topped with spikes of blue flowers in the spring. Unlike many groundcovers, it’s easy to control and keep from spreading where you don’t want it to. This year, a brand new series, Feathered Friends, was introduced, adding colours not previously seen. There are yellows, multi-coloured mixes, and dark purple (almost black), in both narrow foliage and large foliage types. The colours are stunning! You can find out more about these new varieties here: https://gardensolutionsplants.com/brands/feathered-friends/
Dappled willows are fast growing large shrubs (8-10 feet tall and wide) that are wonderful as a stand-alone plant, at the edge of a wooded area, or as an informal hedge. The leaves are variegated white and green, with new growth in the spring coming out an opaque pink which, from a distance, looks as though it is in bloom. They are also available as grafted small trees, which can be kept quite small through regular pruning, or left to grow into a tree of about 15 feet (like the one planted in the sun section) They grow quite quickly in a moister spot (or with regular watering), but will adapt to dryer soils.
To round out this week’s sale, “hard goods” will also be on sale. This includes furniture, windchimes, statues (sorry, Yvan’s metal sculptures and beaded lizards are not included), stakes, terrariums, outdoor clocks, cushions, fountains, watering supplies, tools, gloves, brackets, sun hats, citronella candles, and wall art.
Japanese forest grass, Ajuga, dappled willlows and hard goods will be 30% off for the next week, from Friday August 27 through Thursday September 2, from 8:00 – 5:00.