Waving in the breeze…ornamental grasses and bamboo

Little makes my heart soar more than the sunlight and the breeze hitting grass and bamboo.  The PNW is a good friend to both.  Most of the grasses grew a little better in Ontario…but then I had a plethora of sun. Bamboo…not so much!!  So I was delighted to inherit a lovely stand of black bamboo. The grasses I’ve mostly added.


Black bamboo in the foreground.  A mature Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’ glowing in the background.
Molina caerulea ‘Variegata’ intermingled with shockingly blue Helictotrichon sempervirens.
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’. So robust everywhere I’ve planted it.   First season here.
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Variegatus’ in its first year, with plenty of shade. Doing well!
Miscanthus sinensis ‘ Morning Light’ – very delicate, thin, lightly variegated leaves -glowing in the light with Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Forrester’ in foreground. I’ll move the latter in the spring to more sunlight. It’s not showing off enough.
Luzula sylvatica – great in shade, sturdy and really lime in colour.
Speaking of shade…the especially lovely Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’…a little slow to get going, but well worth the wait.  It positively glows in the shade.
I’m new to bamboos so not sure what this one is…I inherited 4 pots sitting on the sun deck.
Festuca ovina ‘Glauca’. A little greyer than its usual blue, but it hasn’t been watered all summer. It will blue up in the fall rains. Quite dwarf.
A closeup of Phyllostachys nigra. The stems emerge green the first year, mottled the next and turn black in the third year.



Author: joannewesterby

Although I lived in Ontario for 25 years, Vancouver Island has always been home to me. 15 years ago we bought a "little house on the prairie" in Brant County, just outside Hamilton, Ancaster and Brantford, Ontario. Over the years, with a lot of sweat, determination, luck, skill, frustration, elation and endurance we turned that 2 acre clay field into an amazing oasis...as chronicled in Through Leaves. When we recently retired we immediately came back 'home' to the Coast. We have settled in beautiful central Vancouver Island at the edge of Nanaimo on 1/2 acre with a mature shrub garden adjacent to a ravine that winds its way up to Westwood Lake and eventually Mount Benson. Although the garden is mature and gorgeous...it is very overgrown, too homogenous for my liking and needs my personal stamp! I am dizzy with the possibilities!!!

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