Important update: This is NOT ‘Morning Light’, it is ‘China’!! Sorry about the mis-identification, I’d lost my planting list. Thank goodness for computers.
Apologies for slight post overload, I’d forgotten when I put my earlier post up that I had promised to join in the new blog carnival celebrating the plant of the moment, started by fer at My Little Garden In Japan. And since tomorrow is the End of Month View post day, I had to do this now! Sorry, I don’t really intend to clump my posts like this…
My ‘Plant of the Moment’ is Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’. Growing to a height of 1.5m, it is easier to accommodate in a relatively small space than it’s more flamboyant relative, ‘Malepartus’. Hardy to Zone 5, like most Miscanthus it prefers moisture-retaining soil but will tolerate a fair degree of shade. Its leaves start emerging in late spring, and it doesn’t flower until late summer/early autumn, but then its dark reddish-brown plumes add height and drama to the border.
As its name suggests, it catches the light beautifully, particularly come November when the flower heads have faded to a beautiful pale straw colour.
The flowers contrast wonderfully with other plants, here an Acer palmatum.
And its not just the seedheads – the leaves provide wonderful Autumn colour.
It has been both individual star and perfect foil in my pond border for months now, but late October into November is the time it really shines. So, that’s my Plant of the Moment! Check out what other people have chosen over at My Little Garden In Japan!.