Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' - Feather Reed Grass
This plant is a favorite for our projects for a variety of reasons.
It has multiple seasons of interest. In late March / early April it starts to grow and quickly forms a strong base of leaves. By early summer it has bloomed forming tall blonde stems and sterile seed heads which then persist right through the winter. They can often be seen in the winter poking through the snow coated in frost or if we have a brown winter, adding a subtle splash of color and texture.
It is very hardy and not too fussy about exposure or soil although it won’t grow very well in shade. It does not produce seed (the flowers are sterile) and it is bunch forming, meaning it stays put. It is usually untroubled by deer and rabbits.