Miscanthus is a reliable grass best known for its fabulous displays of feathery, textured flowers that are held above the foliage in bright or subtle colours through summer and autumn. Perfect for adding structure, elegance and movement to the garden, they provide a beautiful display with a chameleon-like ability to adapt through the seasons and ask for very little work in return. Native to Asia Pacific and traditionally used in Japan in decorative art and gardens, Miscanthus sinensis are sun-loving plants that have become so popular, they're now available in a range of cultivars in varying heights, foliage width and flower colour.
Larger varieties are effective grown singly as a centre-piece where they can be appreciated from all sides or as a backdrop to purple-flowering plants such as Verbenas, while smaller-growing varieties are well-suited to containers. Wispy Miscanthus can be planted behind benches to create a tranquil seating area where its foliage will gently rustle in the wind. Some varieties with wider stems such as zebra grass have distinctive variegation in stripes across the stems, while varieties such as Miscanthus Silberfeder with light, delicate foliage are well suited to softening hard landscaping or to subdue clashing bright colour in the border.