There's still time to give your lawn one last trim before the winter, but try to leave a mix of short and long grass to provide homes for as many species as possible. Short grass is good for starlings, blackbirds and song thrushes on the hunt for a tasty treat, whilst long grass provides a cosy winter shelter for many insects #homesfornature
Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' - This small, easy to grow, clump-forming evergreen perennial has strappy, inky purple, grass-like leaves. In summer, small spikes of bell-shaped, pale mauve flowers appear, followed by spherical, dark blue fruit. This unusual plant looks fantastic with other grasses, especially if grouped in tubs or planted into gravel, and it provides a brilliant contrast with silvery plants in sun, or bright green ferns in shade.
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' - Feather Reed Grass. Description: cool season; clump forming Foliage is green; medium blade width; 90-120 cm (36-48") tall Flowers in June through July; 150-200 cm (60-80") tall; flowers often remain erect despite heavy snowfall
Bunny Guinness, a Chartered Landscape Architect, studied horticulture at Reading University and following graduation went on to complete a post graduate diploma in Landscape Architecture at Birmingham City University. She was awarded a Doctorate by the University in 2009.