Whilst working on compiling a plants list for my clients in Baldock I visited Wimpole Hall Walled Garden for inspiration at the weekend and I wasn’t disappointed. The use of large swathes of ornamental grasses in herbaceous borders was stunning and inspires me to combine tall form planting that will really move about on a windy day. This is exactly the feeling I’m after as I’m also creating a coastal feel garden and I want the plants to dance about. I can almost hear the ring tin tin of the masts on the hauled up sail boats on a beach somewhere, as they clang about in the wind.

Where to grow
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Hermann Mussel’ (Eulalia ‘Hermann Mussel’) will reach a height of 1.8m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.
Suggested uses
Architectural, City, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Prairie planting.
Tolerates many conditions but prefers moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Protect from excessive winter wet. Divide in spring. May be slow to establish after transplanting.
Soil type
Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types).
Soil drainage
Moist but well-drained, Well-drained.
Soil pH.
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral.
Full Sun.
North, South, East, West.
Exposed, Sheltered.
UK hardiness
Hardy (H4).

A fabulous companion plant, as seen in this photo I took, is the much loved Verbena bonariensis.