Why I love Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra "Aureola")
It's been a topsy-turvy kind of summer so far in Toronto. We're experiencing cooler temperatures now, mercifully, after being blasted with humidex readings of over 40 over most of a week. Not very comfortable working conditions!
So when you're able to work in the shade during a heatwave and the scene looks like this below, it's really not too bad.
I first posted about this shade garden in a post titled "Green is a colour too, in dappled shade" and work here once a month. It just gets better and prettier as time moves on.
This client absolutely loves H.m "Aureola" and why not? I'm using it more in my designs and there are more than few cultivars to choose from like "All Gold", "Albostriata", "Nicolas" and "Sunny Delight."
Criticisms? Mild ones at best: this grass is slow to form substantial clumps, a little pricey (but then again, didn't you blow a wad of cash buying all those annuals back in May?) and does best in part-sun (gets bleached-out, I find, in full sun) but the form always is a winner.
Want to soften a hard line of interlocking paving or really make a garden bed curve more curvey? Try massing Hakonechloa.
The site is under some majestic red oaks so the shade is light and dappled. Soil is "clayey" with some amendments over the years.
|Hakonechloa macra "Albostriata" on the left, "Aureola" on the right|