Ornamental Grasses for Shade


Hakonechloa Grass

Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ and Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold are attractive ornamental grasses that grow 12 to 18” tall and 18 to 24” wide.  The macra “Aureola’ is variegated gold with a green stripe.  The macra ‘All Gold” is all gold and tends to be more vigorous.   Both have an attractive habit of falling over to one side.  The common names are Hakone Grass and Japanese forest grass.

Where to Plant Hakonechloa Grass

It works well as a ground cover, a border-front specimen, mass planting or even looks great in a patio container.  It looks fantastic when it cascades down a slope, arches over rocks and softens the edges of a path when planted at the front of a border.  It looks great planted in front of evergreen or deciduous shrubs and even underneath a tree.

How to Care for Hakonechola Grass

This is a low-maintenance grass which has few insect or disease problems and deer do not find it appetizing.   It does best in moist, shady conditions.  However, it will tolerate drought once established.  Its clump forming growth habit keeps it from becoming invasive.  It’s hardy in Zones 5-9.

This grass is a dynamo for shade.  It glows like a beacon and meshes well with other colors.  Whitehouse Landscaping can help you design a shade garden for you.  Call us at 484-300-4290 or contact us through www.whitehouselandscaping.com  if you need a landscape makeover or some effective ideas to transform your shady yard.