The Plant Company

Bringing your garden to life


01403 740100

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The Plant Company
Coolham Road
West Chiltington
West Sussex
RH20 2LH

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Opening times:
Tuesday-Friday, 9:00-17:30.
Closed public holidays.


The Plants

Pennisetum orientale

fountain grass

Photo of Pennisetum orientale


From July onwards the airy, feathery seed heads cast a silvery halo that sways gently in the breeze. Plant Pennisetum orientale en masse for elegant ground cover, or dot it among herbaceous borders where it mingles beautifully with summer perennials.


  • Grasses

Foliage: Deciduous

Hardiness: Hardy

Vigour: Medium growing


  • Beds and borders
  • Cottage style garden
  • Contemporary style garden
  • Gravel garden

Special features

  • Attractive to wildlife
  • Low maintenance
  • Drought tolerant
  • Ground cover
  • Winter interest
  • Architectural

Care instructions

Grow in any fertile, light, well drained garden soil, in full sun. Although plants are hardy, they will benefit from the added protection of a dry mulch of bark or straw to protect the crown of the plant over the winter. Once you have enjoyed the autumn and winter interest of this plant, you should cut back any dead foliage and faded flowers in the spring.


Size: Small

Pot size: 2 litre

Eventual height: 45cm

Eventual spread: 30cm


  • Sun


  • South
  • East
  • West

Soil types

  • Sandy
  • Normal
  • Clay

Soil pH ranges

  • Acid
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline

Special conditions

  • Coastal