Briza maxima. The flowers of this unusual ornamental grass are known as panicles, and they are borne on flexible stems that causes them to bounce and tremble in the wind, hence, Quaking Grass. This grass will grow in full sun to partial shade, in containers, raised beds, or in xeriscaping schemes. Make sure the soil is well drained and not that fertile, and the flower stalks will appear in mid summer to 50cm (20") tall. Quaking Grass is a cool season, slow growing, clump forming annual grass that takes time to establish. Once it is growing, it requires very little care. It is tolerant of drought and stress, and is non-competitive.
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.