Miscanthus giganteus in the garden

mdahms1979May 28, 2013

I have two gallon sized divisions of M. giganteus and have planted them in the back of a bed along a fence. The grass is about a foot from the fence with all new growth facing away from the fence. I have a recently planted Black Lace Elderberry three to four feet infront of the M. giganteus. Am I just asking for trouble in a couple years? I am not sure how fast this grass will grow to fill the space or if it will eventually encroach on the Elderberry and compete for water and nutrients.

Does M. giganteus fit into beds or boarders or is it better off as a specimen plant?


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It sounds like you didn't give the Miscanthus or the Sambucus enough space, although it's likely the fence will suffer first. Recommended spacing for garden use is 60-90" for the Miscanthus and even more for the Sambucas.

On the positive side, the Elderberry will be a good visual partner with the Miscanthus. M.X Giganteus foliage fades from the bottom of the plant up, and the Elderberry will hide that from view.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 7:38AM
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Thank you Donn. These were field grown Miscanthus so I had to get them into the garden ASAP. I was hoping to screen the lower portion of the grass as you had mentioned because I had read about it looking a bit shabby by the end of the summer. After seeing some very large Sambucus nigra I should have known right away that the these two plants both need their space. There is a walkway about four feet in front of the Sambucus which is also probably asking for trouble.
The fence is chain link and although I would love to be able to hide as much of it as possible I don't intend on destroying it in the process. Time to go move some plants.


    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 11:44AM
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