The Tenth Day of Christmas—Leaping Plants

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, ten lords a leaping.  Leaping plants remind me of tall grasses, especially those that shoot up between spring and summer.  Grasses are so versatile.  They provide contrast in both color and form in a garden.  They provide movement when a breeze passes through.  They have the most awesome names!  (Calamagrostis? Helictotrichon?  Schizachyrium???   JK Rowling couldn’t have done better!   Bluestem Nursery has a fantastic website that I frequently use for reference.  Here is one of my favorites, Calamagrostis x acutifolia ‘Karl Foerster’.   Feather Reed Grass is a beauty.  I love the tall columns it makes, especially when planted in clumps.  It grows in zones 3-9 in full sun, moist to wet soil.  It won the award for Perennial plant of the year in 2001.  Definitely a plant that will leap into your heart!

Feather Reed Grass
Feather Reed Grass


The first year they sleep
The second year they creep
And the third year they leap!

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