The Japanese are especially fond of Miscanthus sinensis, an ornamental grass that features prominently in their rituals.
Both of us have planted a new variety called Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus ‘Cabaret’ and we were highly impressed with it. ‘Cabaret’ forms a dense clump over 1 m tall and about 2 m wide. Its slender, ribbon-shaped leaves have creamy white midriffs and very dark green edges. The reed-like flowering stems produce dark pink or coppery plumes that remain on the plant for some time, eventually fading to a creamy colour. To enjoy it to best effect, plant ‘Cabaret’ near a water feature or in a grass garden with other ornamental grasses. It is also a good filler plant for a tropical style garden.
Soil: any soil type with good drainage is fine.
Water: medium water consumption.
Fertilizing and pruning: use compost in the planting holes, and feed with a dose of nitrogen-rich fertilizer in spring for lush growth. Trim back severely in late autumn.
* Most attractive near water features.
* Good for tropical-style gardens.
* Lovely wavy plumes.