The Real Thing

“The Real Thing”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

God gave us memory that we might have roses in December.    J M Barrie

With winter firmly entrenched now, it is sometimes sad to see our favorite plants and flowers reduced to dry, brown, brittle bits.  But, that does not mean that these are unattractive.  In particular, the ornamental grasses can be quite lovely with their beige tassels blowing in the winter air.



The one I have in my garden is Cosmopolitan.  I had been wanting this gorgeous grass for several years before I found it this past spring.  It did very well all summer and fall, but it is now, in winter, that I think it is loveliest.  The towering tassels make for a spectacular display.  With most of the colorful garden plants now dormant, that leaves the evergreens as the dominant color.   While the evergreens are appreciated, the large, fluffy, golden-beige plumes add just the right amount of interest.

This spring, I will divide my two clumps of Miscanthus sinesis “Cosmopolitan”, enjoy the variegated white and green foliage, and then look forward to when they will brighten the winter landscape.  We may need our memory for roses in December, but with ornamental grasses we don’t need a memory, we get the real thing.


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