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Ornamental grasses have become very popular in recent years. As a contrast to other foliage plants they are unrivalled, and there are few more attractive sights in winter than the frost-covered dead heads. Ornamental grasses can be found in a wide range of colours and heights — for an unusual effect, a bed consisting solely of grasses of differing heights and hues is certainly worth considering.

Six eye-catching ornamental grasses

Acorusgramineus Ogon’ (8 in./200 mm) Gold-variegated rush.

Carex morrowii ‘Evergold’ (8 in./200 mm) Brightly gold-variegated sedge.

Deschampsia caespitosa ‘Gold Veil’ (4 ft/120 cm) Dark green overlapping leaves and plumes of green stems and flowers, turning yellow.

Festuca glauca (1 ft/300 mm) Silver-blue, fine-leaved grass topped with wispy, pale flower heads.

Hakonechloa macra ‘Alboaurea’ (10 in./250 mm) A brightly variegated grass for a moist situation.

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Purpureus’ (5 ft/150 cm) Stems and foliage tinted purple and a profusion of striking flower heads.

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