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Calamagrostis ‘Overdam’
(Feather Reed Grass)

£18.00 £15.30

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July - October
100cm x 50cm
Partial Shade, Sun
Easy Care
Fully Hardy

Calamagrostis ‘Overdam’ is a stunning ornamental grass featuring variegated green and white foliage with feathery purple plumes that turn golden in Autumn. Our horticultural team loves it for its upright habit and year-round interest. Perfect for adding texture to borders, mixed beds, or as a focal point in containers, it pairs beautifully with perennials like Echinacea and Rudbeckia. This grass is low-maintenance and adds elegance to any garden.

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Description

Calamagrostis 'Overdam' is a striking ornamental grass celebrated for its variegated green and white foliage that offers year-round interest in gardens. Its upright habit and unique colour make it a favourite among our horticultural team. During the Summer, feathery purple plumes emerge from the foliage, turning golden in Autumn, adding further seasonal appeal. This grass is particularly versatile, enhancing borders, mixed perennial beds, and also frequently used a focal point in containers due to its texture and colour. It forms a graceful backdrop and the ideal plant partner for vibrant perennials like Echinacea and Rudbeckia, creating visually appealing combinations. 'Overdam' requires minimal maintenance once established, thriving in well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade conditions. With its ability to provide structure and visual interest throughout the seasons, Calamagrostis 'Overdam' is an excellent choice for gardeners looking to add interest and charm to their landscapes effortlessly. Its variegated foliage and delicate plumes add a touch of elevation when putting together a dynamic mixed border.

Planting Conditions

Calamagrostis, or feather reed grass, thrives in well-drained soil and prefers full sun to partial shade. Position it where it can receive at least 6 hours of sunlight daily. Prepare the planting area by loosening the soil and incorporating organic matter like compost. Plant the grass at the same depth it was in the container, ensuring the crown is level with the soil surface. Gently firm the soil around the roots and water thoroughly after planting to settle the soil. Mulch around the plant to retain moisture and suppress weeds, ensuring good air circulation around the base.

Watering & Feeding

Generally, Calamagrostis, like other ornamental grasses, typically prefers moderate watering during its establishment phase, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings to avoid waterlogged conditions. Once established, it often requires minimal additional watering unless experiencing prolonged dry spells. As for feeding, a balanced fertiliser in Spring can support healthy growth, but ornamental grasses like Calamagrostis generally thrive without heavy feeding. It's advisable to follow specific guidelines based on soil type, climate, and the plant's overall health and growth.

General Care

Calamagrostis is known for being relatively low-maintenance. It requires minimal pruning beyond removing dead or damaged foliage in early Spring before new growth emerges. Disease and pest issues are typically uncommon, as these grasses are resilient and sturdy. Providing well-drained soil and adequate sunlight are key to maintaining their health. Regular monitoring for any signs of stress or discolouration can help address any potential issues promptly, ensuring the continued vigour and attractiveness of the plant your garden.