Pennisetum glaucum. With its cousins Purple Majesty and Jade Princess, Copper Prince Millet is the very picture of ornamental grass. The golden green foliage darkens at the points most exposed to the sun, becoming more mahogany in tone. About mid summer, the rush-like panicles begin to emerge, rising to a height of 90cm (36"). They become bushier and bushier and then form a layer of densely packed, dark brown seeds. This grass looks tantalizing in mass plantings or rows used to define garden edges. But it is decorative enough to warrant individual specimens in patio containers. It was a hit in our field trials.
Cloud Grass, a species of bentgrass, forms a diaphanous hazy mist in late summer when its delicate, tiny flowers spread out in all directions. It is useful to know some tips on how to grow cloud grass.
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before planting out. Or direct sow in early spring, when soil is cool and a light frost is still possible. It can also be planted in late autumn.
Just cover the small seeds. At a temperature of 10-12°C (50-55°F) seeds should germinate in 21 to 25 days.
Transplant after last frost into average, well drained soil. Space plants 15-20cm (6-8″) apart. Feed regularly and don’t let the soil become completely dry. Keep an eye on the flowering stage and cut the stems for drying before the seeds set in order to prevent self-sowing. The flower stems are spectacular when dried and will last for months. Cut them and hang them upside-down in a dark, airy place until fully dried.