This Month's Featured Plant
Saccharum (Erianthus) giganteum
With crystal clear, dry days and nighttime temperatures dropping noticeably, October is the perfect month for outside activities in much of the country. It is still a GREAT time for planting perennials. Soil temperatures stay warm long after nighttime temperatures start to dip, and these are perfect conditions for encouraging rooting and establishment of new plants. In fact, in general, FALL IS ACTUALLY THE BEST TIME TO PLANT MOST PERENNIALS.
Whether it is a drought year or a rainy year, this month’s feature plant, the native giant sugarcane plumegrass, always looks spectacular now. From rather sparse clumps of one inch wide grass leaves, sturdy, towering flower spikes shoot up 10 feet into the sky. In the late afternoon sun, the top 1 ½ to 2 feet flash like brilliant white strobe lights against the clear autumn sky. Plant them where you will be looking to the west in late afternoon for a dazzling light display. Couple this with blazing red fall foliage blueberries, ethereally pink muhly grass, powdery blue asters, and you’re all set. more info
Good Companions for Sugarcane Plumegrass
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