With temperatures dropping, now is a particularly good time to think of our feathered friends. As they look for cover in the garden and food to eat, planting the right types of plants can provide not only protection during cold and windy times, but also a source of food and lightweight nesting material in spring.
These grasses will be particularly attractive to many small birds such as robins, finches, tits, siskins and sparrows.
They can be fitted into the front to middle of any border, added to pots or the stipas can add a more modern edge to part of the garden, by gently arching onto a path.
Both stipas' seedheads will be attractive to finches, whilst the stipa tenuissima forms ideal nesting material. The panicum chosen here, bears tiny seeds that are eaten by a variety of birds such as sparrows and bunting and as it remains upright during winter, it provides good cover for small birds. The festuca and deschampsia also provide a source of food with small seed heads and ideal winter cover.
Varieties included in our ‘Grasses for Birds’ collection
Each box of ‘15 GRASSES FOR BIRDS’ will include 3 of each of the following:
Deschampsia caespitosa ‘Golden Dew’ – for middle of border or pots. Prefers part shade and moist soil.
Festuca glauca ‘Intense Blue’ – for front of border or pots. Prefers full sun and well drained soil.
Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' – for middle of border. Prefers full sun or part shade and copes well with moist or well drained areas.
Stipa arundinacea (Anemanthele lessoniana) AGM – for middle of border, pots or trailing on path edges. Prefers full sun or part shade and copes well with moist or well drained areas.
Stipa tenuissima – for front of border or pots. Prefers full sun and well drained soil.
All grown in 10.5cm pots, peat free and ready to plant.
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