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Panicum ‘Shenandoah’
(Switch Grass)

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July - August
100cm x 100cm
Easy Care
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Panicum ‘Shenandoah’ is a versatile grass that thrives in sunny borders, adding texture and movement to the garden. Its green foliage develops rich red hues as the season progresses, creating stunning visual interest. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit for its reliable performance, we love it for its ability to fill spots in a wide range of garden designs, from prairie-style plantings to modern landscapes.

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Panicum 'Shenandoah', also known as Switch Grass, is a stunning ornamental grass that brings vibrant foliage colour and a light airy texture to your garden. This hardy clump-forming perennial is prized for its striking blue-green foliage which takes on tones of violet, purple and burgundy-red foliage that intensifies as the season progresses, providing a beautiful contrast to the usual greens of the garden. It typically grows to about 90 cm in height, forming a graceful, upright clump that adds both structure and movement to garden designs. Switch Grass 'Shenandoah' is incredibly versatile and thrives in a variety of conditions. It prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade, making it suitable for different garden settings. It is also drought-tolerant once established, requiring minimal maintenance, which is ideal for busy gardeners or those looking for low-maintenance plants. This grass looks fantastic when planted in mixed borders, prairie-style gardens, or as a striking specimen plant in urban contemporary designs. It also pairs well with perennials like Rudbeckia, Echinacea, and Sedum, enhancing the overall dynamic appeal of the garden. Our horticultural team loves Panicum 'Shenandoah' for its robust garden performance and the dynamic colour it brings throughout the growing season. Its elegant, airy seed heads add an extra dimension, creating a beautiful display from late Summer into the Autumn months.

Planting Conditions

For Panicum, we recommend planting in full sun to partial shade to promote robust growth. These grasses thrive in well-drained, moderately fertile soil. Ideal planting time is in Spring or early Summer when the soil is warm. Ideally, we space the plants about 60 cm apart to allow room for their spread. Panicum is tolerant of a range of soil types, including sandy and clay soils, but avoid waterlogged areas. Adding compost to the planting site can improve soil fertility and structure, supporting healthier growth.

Watering & Feeding

Water Panicum regularly during its first growing season to establish a strong root system. Once established, it becomes drought-tolerant, requiring watering only during prolonged dry periods. Ensure the soil remains moist but not waterlogged. Feed the grass in early Spring with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser to promote healthy growth. Avoid over-fertilising, as this can lead to weak, floppy stems. Applying a layer of mulch can help retain soil moisture and suppress weeds, contributing to the overall health of the plant.

General Care

Panicum requires minimal pruning, but removing dead or damaged foliage in late Winter or early Spring will promote a burst of fresh growth. Cut back the previous year's stems to ground level before new shoots emerge. Deadheading is unnecessary as Panicum’s seed heads add Winter interest. This grass is generally disease and pest resistant, but occasional issues may include rust or leaf spot, which can be mitigated by ensuring good air circulation and avoiding overhead watering. Regular maintenance and proper care ensure a healthy, vigorous plant throughout the growing season.