Gardening in the Pacific Northwest (Vancouver, Washington)
The Winter Pruning Begins
I usually wait until the end of February to cut back the ornamental grasses and prune the roses but the mild temperatures that we'd had so far this year prompted me to get a head start. Of course, after I begin, we get a threat of real winter weather headed this way later in the week.
I started cutting back some of the ornamental grasses but only finished some of the smaller ones. The largest that I cut back was Miscanthus 'Fire Dragon'. I use a bungee cord to tie around the grass and then use my hedge trimmers to cut them off. It makes it tidier to clean up.
Still to go are some of the larger grasses but I will wait a few weeks before tackling those. The biggest grass in the garden is Miscanthus 'Gold Bar'. I think it still looks spectacular.
Miscanthus 'Gold Bar'
Also Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' is a favorite. There are several of these outside the fence near the street.
Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
Miscanthus 'Little Miss' was a standout in autumn -
Miscanthus 'Little Miss'
Pennisetum 'Red Head' was nice last year as was 'Red Buttons' (in the top photo).
Pennisetum 'Red Head'
Last but not least is Calamagrostis 'Overdam' which is such a useful plant for narrow spaces.