Japanese Forest Grass

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Japanese Forest Grass - Hakonechloa

One of the few grassis that is a shade lover - Carefree, deer resistant and lovely foliage.

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Japanese Forest Grass Perennial
Bloom Time Early Spring to Late Fall
Light Part Sun, Shade
Water Average to Rich -Moist
Diseases Mostly Disease Free
Pests Mostly Pest Free
Propagation Divisions
Leaf Color Green, Variegated, Yellow
Zones 5 - 9
Features Attractive Foliage, Fall Color, Drought Tolerant, Tolerates Wet Soil, Deer Resistant, Easy to Grow

Japanese Forest Grass - 'All Gold': Hakonechloa All Gold is a striking shade groundcover providing 3 seasons of interest in the woodland garden.

Slender arching stems have bright gold-yellow leaves that stay attractive from spring thru fall as along as it receives ample moisture. Leaf color will vary depending on light.

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The Japanese Forest Grass is one of my favorites in the garden. There are several different cultivars, which give s a wide diversity within the species.

The Hakonechloa 'Aureola' features variegated green leaves have both gold and white stripes. These make for incredible border plants, by growing in mounds of 12 -18" arching leaves.

These plants have some of the best features for those of us faced with the challenges of planting in or needs a woods setting - these grasses love the shade and they are deer resistant. Couple that with being extremely easy to grow and variations in color and you have a plant that is hard to resist!

The Hakonechloa 'All Gold' provides interest during all seasons with it's gold-yellow leaves.

The beautiful gold coloring lights up any shady area! A very vigorous grower with a somewhat upright growth habit. This plant thrives in shade or partial sun and prefers rich, well-drained soil without heavy clay.

I have to say that with the elegant arching leaves of this cultivar, it as become one of my favorite grasses. I have planted it in some pretty tough situations, such as beneath heave shade trees and the Hakonechioa has always come through for me.

The Japanese Forest Grass 'Naomi' provides a stunning display of lavender purple leaf color in the fall, going out with a beautiful flush of color.

Japanese Forest Grass - Propagation:

To propagate, divide plants in spring.

The species can be grown from seeds, but variegated cultivars do not come true.

Japanese Forest Grass - 'Nicolas': Stunning! Excellent fall color sets this new cultivar apart from H. 'Aureola'. The solid green foliage becomes flushed with orange and red tones in fall.

The color is most pronounced in cool weather. Tiny, inconspicuous reddish brown flower spiklets appear in airy clusters from late summer thru mid-fall.

Though this grass does spread by stolen's, it is a slow grower and will not rapidly overtake its neighbors. Plant it where it can cascade down slopes, drape over rocks, crawl over the edges of walls, at the front of the garden, or even in containers. An elegant, easy shade groundcover.

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Japanese Forest Grass - Companion Plants

Bold hosta leaves, variegated or not, provide a bold counterpoint to the grassy foliage of Hakone grass. They enjoy similar conditions.

Holly Fern:
The foliage contrast between upright Christmas fern and graceful Hakone grass, especially the variegated cultivars, is most appealing.

Spring blooming columbines in flower above mounds of Hakone grass bring color and additional interest to a shady site. Columbine foliage contrasts well with the grass

Japanese Forest Grass - 'Golden': A truly elegant grass with arching, golden blades that are striped with green.

Unlike most other grasses, it's at its best in partial shade, where it forms a compact, flowing mound that provides the perfect contrast in texture and color for hostas and ferns. In cool weather, the gold may be suffused with pink and red tints. Grows 18" tall and 14" wide.

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Japanese Forest Grass - Uses in the Garden

The Japanese Forest Grass is perfect as a groundcover, or draping over rocks or slopes.

Plant the Hakonechloa in all but the shadiest areas you have in your garden. I have planted them under a very dense understory of oaks with great success. Also couple them with a few varieties of Hosta and you will certainly come up with a winning combination!

Of course they do have preferences to obtain their maximum size. For the Hakonechloa this would be humus rich, moist soil.

Try them in difficult areas such as a shady strip between a structure and a walkway or between the garage and property line or fence. You will find that the Japanese Forest Grass will adapt to almost any situation.

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Japanese Forest Grass - 'Naomi': Excellent fall color sets this new gorgeous forest grass apart from Hakonechloa 'Aureola'.

The creamy yellow and green variegated leaves become flushed with reddish-purple tones in fall. The color is most pronounced in cool weather.

Tiny, inconspicuous reddish brown flower spiklets appear in airy clusters from late summer thru mid-fall. An elegant, easy shade groundcover.

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Japanese Forest Grass - Planting Tips:

Spacing: Space 36" to 48" apart when planting.

Fertilizer: Fertilization is not generally required for good plant output.

Water/Soil Requirements: This grass prefers humus, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Keep wet in hot, dry summers.

Pruning: Cut foliage to the ground in late winter before new shoots emerge.

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