Stipa gigantea description:
Lots of tall, elegant, golden oat seed heads through the summer and into the winter.
Good for the back of a border, or on its as a specimen plant.
It can also be used nearer to the front of a plant bed because it has an airy quality and you can see through it to what is behind it.
Good for wildlife in general.
How easy is it to grow:
This has won the RHS Award of Garden Merit . To win this impressive accolade the plants must have outstanding excellence for decorating a garden, be robust, not require highly specialist growing conditions or care and not be particularly susceptible to any pest or disease.
Other common names: Golden Oats or Giant Feather Grass.
The best position in the garden:
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, it will fill a largish gap.
What type of soil:
Well drained soil, also tolerates acid soil.
How much moisture:
Normal moisture, or dryish, stony soil.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Hardy, provided the drainage is good.
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Can trim back old growth in early spring.
Size of plant:
Height 250 cm.
Spread 100 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 1 plant per square metre.
 Royal Horticultural Society – opens in a separate window.
Buy Ornamental grasses to create a feathery look to a border.