A tough, native grass from North America, Eragrostis spectabilis is one of the most popular ornamental grasses.
Drought tolerant, road salt and deer resistant, this is one to get in the ground before the inevitable hosepipe ban.
The foliage is a soft light green but the grass is usually grown for the effervescent effect of the flowers which fizz from dark purple to bronze in the autumn.
Despite being as tough as old boots the effect when in flower is quite delicate as the fluffy heads sway in the slightest breeze.
It needs a hot summer to flower well and requires a dry site in full sun. It will even grow in sand.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Hardy perennial grass (E)
Dry, well drained, sand, poor
Full sun, sheltered