Ornamental grasses begin to put on a show in autumn as striking blades of silvery light greens transition to deep yellows and tans adding structure and textures during a time of year perennial beds are cut back and put to rest. The genus Miscanthus is a staple of ornamental grasses. Native to Japan and China, they are tough and easy to care for.
Once established, they are drought tolerant, easily maintained, and typically possess year round interest. Some selections, however, have had a reputation for being too large of an ornamental grass for small urban gardens. They may be overly vigorous, and in some occasions, relentlessly self seeding. There’s a remarkable array to choose from, but there was a cultivar two years ago that caught my eye and has continually impressed me.
‘Little Kitten’ has been a pleasant and manageable ornamental grass that stays tidy and it has a soft, demure elegance to it when used singly as a specimen and it adds a wonderful foil to bold foliage late in the season in containers massed as a small group.
Location: Soest Garden Bed 4 (Rear)
Origin: Garden Origin
Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
Height and spread: 3-4ft. tall x 3ft. wide
Bloom Time: mid-late Autumn