Fescue is an easy, low-growing, evergreen ornamental grass that requires little maintenance. Fescue is perfect as ground cover, suitable for mass planting and can be planted in a pot.
Festuca glauca has striking, narrow, blue-tinted foliage and keeps its colour throughout the winter. In the summer, Festuca glauca blooms with flowering spikes, which are first the same colour as the grass itself and then turn a straw yellow.
Beautiful, good, deep blue varieties are Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’ and Festuca glauca ‘Intense Blue’. Both grow up to about 40 cm high. Festuca gautieri stays very small: it does not grow more than 20 cm high. Its habit is a somewhat stiff and its clump is neat and tight. Its green-tinted foliage feels like tiny needles. In June and July, small green spikes appear from the clump, which turn a golden yellow later in the season.
Festuca glauca does not need to be cut and is best ‘combed’. You can pull out any unsightly, brown or loose dead foliage with your hands in early spring, just before new growth starts. You can do the same with Festuca gautieri.
After the winter, these varieties can be cut back to 20 cm.
This grass species can be planted from spring to early autumn, but not during dry or frosty spells.
If you are planting Festuca glauca as ground cover, keep a distance of 20 cm between plants. This means there should be 7 to 9 plants per square metre.
If you would like to transplant your Festuca glauca, you can do so in early spring, late summer and early autumn.
- Position: full sun/light shade
- Soil type: dry, well-drained soil
- Flowering: from May to July
- Height: depending on the species
- Evergreen: yes
- Hardy: yes