February Miscanthus

Miscanthus sinensis in February

Sun in the winter garden can be magical. The effect on ornamental grasses is particularly punchy, as this clump of Miscanthus sinensis shows. Not all ornamental grasses stand up this well so far into winter, and to some extent their longevity depends on the severity of the winter, especially the amount of snow. If they can be positioned in the garden so that they are backlit by the winter sun, possibly with darker evergreens as a foil, their presence is as exciting as anything the summer garden has to offer.