Sea Oats

 If you have room for just a few plants on your must-have list, put Chasmanthium latifolium, Northern Sea Oats, on it. One of the few grasses that do well in partial shade, Sea Oats look pretty next to a water feature and are good neighbors with other shade perennials. They self-seed modestly, but I consider that a good thing.  Self-seeding is a big part of my artful chaos approach to garden design.

      Sea Oat blooms are utterly beguiling in summer.                                                                                                photo

The foliage is attractively bamboo-like and turns clear bright yellow in late autumn.photo

But in an autumn breeze Northern Sea Oats will steal your heart as they flutter like Chinese fish kites held aloft on thin poles.photo

You won’t be able to resist catching them and letting them run through your fingers.
photoSo don’t miss out.

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