Pennisetum Alopecuroides (Hameln)
This grass dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.
Position: full sun
Soil: light, well-drained soil
Rate of growth: average
Flowering period: July to September
Hardiness: frost hardy (will need winter protection in cold areas)
A charming perennial grass that forms a compact, low mound and produces long-lasting, soft, brush-like flowers in late summer that resemble squirrel tails. The bright green leaves turn yellow in autumn and then brown throughout winter. It’s a fairly undistinguished plant until the flowers appear, so use it alongside spring bulbs or early-flowering perennials.
Garden care: A generous layer of mulch in autumn will help keep the roots warmer in winter. Prune back the previous years growth each spring.