Tell us your Favorite Shade Plants: Hakonechloa macra Aurea.......Japanese wind grass....

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Tell us your Favorite Shade Plants

By dave
January 20, 2016

We're putting together a list of the ATP members' favorite shade plants! Come on in and read how to nominate your favorites! We will later publish a final article on the top picks.

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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Jan 22, 2016 6:52 PM CST
This is a well behaved plant that provides variety to the shade garden. It contrasts nicely with the leaves of Hostas. It requires no attention in my plantings. The only thing I do is cut it back in early spring.






Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jan 22, 2016 10:02 PM CST
Paul - I cut it back late Nov. to early Dec. or else those dried up leaves seem to fly all over the garden. Currently I have seven of them. They're fast growers - very fast!
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
Jan 23, 2016 6:09 AM CST
That's interesting, Arlene, they are very slow growers for me.

I like to leave them up all winter, cut them down in early spring.
Skåne, Sweden (Zone 7b)
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William
Jan 23, 2016 6:26 AM CST
Only grown this plant for three years, but it really looks like a super plant, very easy to care for and looking good for a long time. Slug and deer resistant.
I cut mine back in the spring as well. I have been concerned that cutting them earlier would affect hardiness negatively, but this is more or less based on general care for ornamental grasses in my climate, and perhaps not an issue with this one.
A fairly slow grower for me as well.

Recently also added Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold' to the garden as I was so impressed with 'Aureola'.


Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Jan 23, 2016 9:22 AM CST
This is a great companion plant for my hosta! It's not slow growing for me! I've split my 3 original plants several times to share with friends or spread throughout my gardens. It definitely brightens up a shady area with its golden foliage.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jan 23, 2016 9:40 AM CST
Look how fast it multiplies here:
Thumb of 2016-01-23/pirl/a3a494

It devoured the Frances Williams hosta and the sedum. Now it's so large that the rock is difficult to find.

Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
Jan 23, 2016 10:32 AM CST
WOW! Blinking It's on steroids! Big Grin Arlene, can you tell us more about where it's sited?

How much sun/shade, water and/or fertilizer? What kind of soil?

I'd love for mine to grow that well.
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William
Jan 23, 2016 10:35 AM CST
Very good illustration. Especially considering how close it was to its neighbors, that is very impressive growth rate Thumbs up
Mine is certainly nowhere close to that!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jan 23, 2016 11:00 AM CST
All of mine eat up all available space. Next time I dig one I'll pot it to try and stop the spreading.

SS- that one is in only morning sun. All others are in full sun. They never get fed and the soil is not enriched. Our irrigation system goes on for 45 minutes at a time, three times a week. I had them change it to four times a week for 2016.

Here's the original one, planted in 2007, that led to so many more: Thumb of 2016-01-23/pirl/c6dfb8

As of 10/2011: Thumb of 2016-01-23/pirl/ed1c91

9/2012: Dividing time.
(Just one division!)

Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
Jan 23, 2016 12:37 PM CST
Arlene, mine are all in full to mostly shade, and never get any supplemental watering. That probably makes a difference!

Yours are gorgeous!
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jan 23, 2016 12:43 PM CST
Thanks. All of mine do get mulch because it helps so much with water retention, and I do love how mulch looks. Silly, I know, but I love "nice and neat".
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Jan 23, 2016 12:48 PM CST
Mine are planted among my Hostas which are well watered........
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Jan 23, 2016 1:12 PM CST
Zone envy here. I have tried them several times. They are usually gone by year 3.
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Jan 23, 2016 2:04 PM CST
This picture was taken May 17th. All Gold grass with hosta El Nino in the background
Thumb of 2016-01-23/Rose1656/4807ec

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ssgardener
Jan 23, 2016 2:20 PM CST
Beautiful!

I love the blue/gold combo in the shade and purple/pink/chartreuse combo in the sun.

Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Jan 23, 2016 3:05 PM CST
Nice picture Rose.......
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
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Paul2032
Jan 23, 2016 4:04 PM CST
I ran on to two more pictures of Hakonechloa with Hostas.....






Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Cayuga
Massachusetts (Zone 6a)
Cayuga
Jan 23, 2016 7:46 PM CST
Pirl, I had no idea that Hakone grass could grow so quickly! I am zone 6a (just re-zoned from 5b). My hakonechloa is a solid performer, but definitely not a fast spreader.

I team it with a pale yellow blooming daylily & makes a nice show.
Thumb of 2016-01-24/Cayuga/c7184f

I think it adds the appearance of motion to the garden because the leaves bend over in the same direction & sway a bit as well. I also think of Hakonechloa macra aureola (& Hakonechloa 'All Gold') as being one of my 'bright lights' in the garden. In shady areas they both seem to glow a bit.
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Jan 23, 2016 8:59 PM CST
I do really like them movement with just a slight breeze but mine have been slower growers. But I also find that they do better in sun then shade in this area.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jan 23, 2016 9:08 PM CST
Cayuga - yours is so beautiful. I have some yellow lilies nearby.
Thumb of 2016-01-24/pirl/4095c3

That plant came from dividing the initial one.


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