Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'

Variegated 'Morning Light' is a clump-forming ornamental grass. (Photo by Brendan Zwelling)

Ornamental grass bomb

Judith Adam

When digging out the invading ornamental grass roots, I was surprised to find a deep system of tough, resistant woody runners. It was impossible to get all of them out, and each autumn I have a major digging initiative to work on removing grass runners that have spread during the summer.

Colourful oakleaf hydrangeas worth the risk

Judith Adam

Oakleaf hydrangeas have interesting foliage, quite like enlarged oak leaves in shape, and with a thick texture. What’s more, when grown in half-day sun or more, the leaves take on a palette of rose to burgundy hues in the autumn, holding onto the shrub for several weeks as the colours deepen.