Stipa gigantea is a great plant for this time of year and I think the most magnificent of all the ornamental garden grasses. Its narrow leaves form a large tuft of basal foliage while the loose, open panicle flowers are held on stems up to 2.5m above the foliage during June to August and persist well into the autumn and winter months. The common name ‘Golden Oats’ accurately describes the oat-like panicles of flowers, which are golden when ripe. Stipa gigantea will happily grow in Oxfordshire, though it will not survive the winter in waterlogged conditions.
Author: Sheena Marsh
Sheena Marsh is a director at Oxford Garden Design and winner of the West Oxfordshire Business Person of the year award for 2018. Sheena has worked closely with hundreds of individual garden owners to produce practical landscape plans that really work for them. Sheena has been designing gardens in Oxfordshire and surrounding counties for over fifteen years. She’s written articles for many gardening magazines and is the Gardening Correspondent for the award winning Oxford Times Limited Edition Magazine. She has appeared as the Gardening Expert on BBC Radio Oxford's Kat Orman and Phil Mercer Shows. She also appeared in the Channel 4 ‘Great Garden Challenge’ programme, which was filmed at Blenheim Palace. Sheena takes garden tours around some of the famous gardens of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire and gives a talk on the History of Garden Design for Oxfordshire Gardening Groups.