Maiden Grass, Zebra Grass, Korean Silvergrass...the nicknames all point to one spectacular perennial grass for Northern and Southern gardeners alike: Miscanthus sinensis. If you enjoy the plumes of pampas grass but cannot grow it due to being outside its hardiness zone, here is an ornamental grass that will fill your need for a beautiful fountain of grass, and it may even bloom twice a year for you! Developed by Walters Gardens in Michigan, this hardy perennial landscape grass is perfect for creating a specimen to showcase in your landscape, or as a privacy screen, and it even does great in containers on your patio. This hardy grass was developed especially for gardeners with short growing seasons.
Native to Eastern Asia, this grass has naturalized throughout much of Asia and is appreciated for its plume like flowers that age to a light tan, creating even winter interest if left unpruned at the end of the season. In the United States it is hardy in Zones 5 to 9. This clump forming grass sends out bronzy purple plumes that sway above bright green strappy leaves with a white stripe down the middle creating a sensational display when highlighted in your landscape. In longer summer regions you may get a second flush of plumes in early fall. Coastal gardeners will appreciate its salt tolerance, and all gardeners will be happy to know that deer and rabbits don’t tend to browse on it either, making it a great addition to your garden bed or lawn.
Encore Ornamental Care
Whether to grow in full sun or with some light afternoon shade is best determined by the heat of your summer. In Northern gardens, keep it in full sun, and in the hot humid South, give it a location that will afford it some afternoon shade. This hardy grass is tolerant of sandy soil as well as heavy clay soil. It is one of the few perennials that does not require a well draining soil. Water when rainfall is below one inch per week after the plant has become established and more frequently for the first year until established. Fertilizer is not needed. Encore prefers an acidic to neutral soil with a pH range of 5.8 to 6.2 for optimal growth.
Deadheading is not required to keep your grass in bloom. Leaving the plumes after they have aged to a pleasing tan color will give your grass an attractive two toned look when new flower plumes develop. Also, consider leaving the grass all winter for an attractive texture in your landscape and to allow birds to harvest the seeds. Cut clumps down in late spring before new growth emerges. Mulching is recommended to maintain consistent soil moisture and reduce pressure from weeds as well as protect root zones in harsh winter regions.
Encore Ornamental Spacing
Space your grasses 48 inches apart if planting them as a screen or massing them in your landscape. Encore will grow to about 78 inches tall and spread out 48 inches at the top for a beautiful fountain-like appearance. Consider using this lovely grass as an annual in regions warmer or colder than its hardiness range by planting it in a large container for your patio or deck. Any way you use this hardy ornamental grass, you will appreciate its form and color in your landscape.
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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)
Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.
Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.