Last week I visited Carolyn Kolb at Wind Dancer Nursery in Salem, OR. Carolyn is known as the 'Grass Lady' and rightfully so! Carolyn and I toured the gardens, which are gorgeous - nursery display gardens are so educational! As we all know, a plant in a pot rarely holds the same form as when planted in the ground and established. Carolyn's display garden is full of the grasses she grows, vegetables and lovely perennials. So I could walk over and identify the plants which 'moved' me, then pick up a pot of it and buy it. Unfortunately, I didn't get any photos of the display gardens, I was too busy learning and laughing with Carolyn, but I can show you what I bought!
Miscanthus 'Little Zebra'
4' tall and wide with purplish blooms
arching, fountain-like form
This fall's 'all-the-rage' plant
Hakonechloa macra 'Fubuki'
white-green variegation with pink tinges
reported to stay smaller - about 12-18"
Its a Pennesetum! Pennesetum 'Princess Caroline'
BUT...its a zone 8, so we'll see about it's hardiness!
Super cool form - very spiky and upright - solid structure, nice burgandy foliage.
I don't think it will bloom here...
upright, spiky, green foliage with pinky (not so much yet) blooms that are closely affixed to the basal clump.
approx. 18" tall
Panicum 'Ruby Ribbons'
GORGEOUS fall color - green, red, blue, purple - fab!
I love this grass!!! I've wanted it in my own garden for some time now...
approx. 1/2" wide green blade, fountain form with fluffy purple, smoky, 10" blooms
Look at that Calamagrostis bloom against the black pot!
I love it!
Carolyn Kolb is coming to Portland to speak about grasses on September 28th as part of the