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Regional Picks: Late-Season Interest – Southeast

Fine Gardening - Issue 167

1. Japanese Forest Grass

Name: Hakonechloa macraand cvs.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9

Size: 12 to 18 inches tall and wide

Conditions: Partial shade; consistently moist, humus-rich soil

This beautiful, low-growing grass is available in many foliage colors, including green, chartreuse, and variegated. It will turn a solid tan for the winter and remain tidy, full, and weather resistant until you chop it to the ground in late February. Japanese forest grass is elegant and impressive in massive sweeps and may be used effectively as an accent. It also works well in containers and thrives for years if well watered; no extra winter protection is needed when growing it in a pot. This grass holds up well in our hot and humid climate. Deer have not (yet) eaten it, but rabbits will nibble it a little.


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