This giant grass makes a great addition to the garden, bringing texture and movement to the border.  All through the summer the seed heads dance in the slightest breeze, and look fantastic when back-lit from the sun.

Ornamental giant grass: Stipa gigantea

Once you plant Briza media in your garden, you will always have it, because it does seed itself about! I don’t mind though, it’s easy to identify the seedlings and pull up any you don’t require. I love how Quaking grass dances in the slightest breeze – it does make it tricky to photograph though! This photo shows the colour of the young grass, it turns a beautiful straw colour later on. I always cut some of the young grass to dry and use in flower arrangements. To dry, just collect the stems, tie loosely together and hang upside down until dry.

Briza media or Quaking grass

Briza media is a gorgeous edition to any cottage garden border bringing movement and changing colour throughout the growing season and is pest free.