|New foliage emerging in April is a welcome bright spot in a normally wet garden. This spring there were plenty of sunny days to capture the sun shining through the fresh young shoots.|
|In May the foliage is lush and cool, yet bright.|
|Two clumps in the rock garden soften the stones.|
| Allium christophii has a silvery tone that matches especially well with variegated purple moor grass.|
|It also makes a wonderful backdrop for Salvia 'Ostfriesland' (East Friesland), though the salvias could use a little more room. Since taking this photo, the grass has almost swamped the salvia.|
|It makes a wonderful pairing with red or burgundy foliage, like these 'Crimson Pygmy' barberries.|
|By the end of June, the creamy yellow flower stalks emerge and open to reveal purple anthers, providing the source of the "purple" in purple moor grass.|
The stats on variegated purple moor grass:
- Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 4-9
- Height 1-2.5 feet, slightly wider
- Flowers July-September
- Medium to high water requirements. Drought tolerant in the PNW.
- Does not appreciate hot summer climates
- Very low maintenance
- Said to be slow-growing, my plants have grown plenty fast enough to create full specimens in a reasonable amount of time.
My favorite plant in the garden this week is hosted by Danger Garden. Click on over to see what fantastic plant has caught her eye this week and check the comments to see other gardeners' favorites this week.