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HOMES AND GARDENS: PLANT OF THE WEEK; HAKONECHLOA MACRA 'AUREOLA'.

A GOOD bet for a touch of winter colour are ornamental grasses, and this is one of the most attractive of the lot.

Reaching a height of 40cm and with a spread of 35-60cm, this evergreen beauty has green and yellow-striped leaves with purple stems that turn red-brown in the autumn.

It's fully hardy and prefers a position in direct sun.

Other evergreen grasses that make a splash of interest and colour in the autumn and winter include Bowles' golden sedge (carex elata 'Aurea'), the black bamboo (phyllostachys nigra), and blue oat grass (helictotrichon sempervirens).
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Oct 5, 2003
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