Friday, September 29, 2006
Golden Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold')
Japanese Forest Grass
Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold'
This plant actually got me in a little trouble when I accidentally picked it up when I was looking for it’s gold with a green stripe cousin Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'. I ended up planting it anyway and it turned out for the better. I prefer ‘All Gold’ for edging along a shady walk or patio. It seems a little smaller, daintier and a little more upright growing. The larger 'Aureola' is better for covering large areas as groundcover but is also nice planted as accents. There have been some reversions on some of my older clumps of 'Aureola' while the ‘All Gold’ has really kept its color.
This plant seems to rightly gaining in popularity. It seems a little expensive but I think that is because it is slow to expand. You get good coverage without rampant growth.