Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’
In his superb book Guide To Plants Paul Bangay writes that this ornamental grass, which he has planted in his own garden, is "a stand-out plant that makes a huge statement when planted en masse...the first to flower and the last to finish". It is widely used in landscape plantings in Europe and the USA. A cloud of hazy mauve flowers on 180cm tall stems are produced during early summer and slowly age to creamy beige and then to golden brown as it moves into winter. It needs a little summer irrigation and will grow in sun or light shade. Although the foliage clumps are evergreen we cut them to the ground in July to tidy them up. The foliage mound reaches 90cm x 90cm, the flowers stems 180cm.