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  • Eventual height: 1m
  • Eventual spread: 2.5m

Glyceria maxima 'Variegata'

variegated reed sweet-grass

9cm pot £8.99

This pond plant dies right back in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, moist or wet soil
  • Rate of growth: fast
  • Flowering period: July to August
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Quickly spreading by underground rhizomes to form a generous clump of slender variegated foliage, which often emerges in spring with a pink flush. Then, in midsummer, tall stems appear, and these are topped with open clusters of purple-flushed green spikelets. It's a great option for bog gardens or softening the edges of larger ponds where you want some quick cover.

  • Garden care: To prevent this plant spreading too vigorously, it is advisable to pot it up (using aquatic compost) into a pond basket. Then, lift and divide the plant as necessary. In late winter, pop on a pair of tough gloves, and comb through the plant in late winter to remove any dead foliage.
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