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Grasses for container growing in Z7?

Posted by breinhart z7 Central VA (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 22, 07 at 9:58

We grow Purple Fountain grass in containers around the pool and deck but it doesn't survive the winters here and we would like to find a perennial that will survive here in containers. We like the size and coloring of the fountain grass, any suggestions? Would like to plant in the next couple of weeks.

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RE: Grasses for container growing in Z7?

  • Posted by donn_ 7a, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 23, 07 at 9:39

I can't think of any hardy grasses which approach the appearance of Purple Fountain Grass. There are red Panicums and bronze Carexes, but they are nothing like PFG.

RE: Grasses for container growing in Z7?

If you like the size and color of purple fountain, try Miscanthus sinensis purparescens

Panicums aren't very showy until fall, and in my opinion don't make the best looking container plants.

Any of the Carex, specifically the bronzes and amazon mist, but they have different growth forms and don't get as big as fountains.

If I were you I would look at 'Red Baron' Japanese Blood Grass or Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica). It is hardy in your zone and is beautiful in containers.

RE: Grasses for container growing in Z7?

I moved my Blue Lyme grass (Elymus arenarius) to a large container on the deck because it was too invasive in the garden. The steel blue color is a nice contrast to the other plants. It seems to do fine, and I just give it a complete haircut every spring. For some reason I hardly ever get plumes, though.


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