Birds love the seeds, and the plumes make excellent fresh or dried indoor arrangements.
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Northwind Switchgrass

1-Quart
Item # 48348
$11.95
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Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'

Densely packed, slender olive-green foliage topped with airy tassels turn from green to silver and finally to gold over a long season.
One of the most pleasing and well-behaved of native Switchgrasses, 'Northwind' offers densely packed, slender olive-green foliage topped with airy tassels that turn from green to silver and finally to gold over a long season. It is useful as a hedge, perimeter planting, screen, border background, or even specimen, its foliage turning tan for winter.

Very easy to grow, this selection of the native species begins its flower show in early fall with feathery blooms of pale green, turning silver and finally gold by mid-winter. Birds love the seeds, and the plumes make excellent fresh or dried indoor arrangements.

Vigorous but never invasive, 'Northwind' is very drought tolerant once established, and untroubled by pests or diseases. It stands about 5 feet high and 2 to 3 feet wide, just the right size for a natural hedge, windbreak, or driveway plant. Very low maintenance, it repays a little pampering the first season with years of carefree beauty. For its adaptability to many conditions, resistance to pests and diseases, its low level of maintenance, and its multi-season appeal, 'Northwind' was named Perennial Plant of the Year for 2014 by the Perennial Plant Association! Zones 4-11.

Genus Panicum
Species virgatum
Variety 'Northwind'
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 4 - 11
Bloom Season Early Fall - Mid Winter
Habit Upright
Plant Height 5 ft
Plant Width 24 in - 3 ft
Additional Characteristics Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Season Extenders
Bloom Color Light Gold, Silver
Foliage Color Olive Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Border, Cut Flowers, Everlastings, Foliage Interest, Hedge, Fall Color, Outdoor, Winter Interest
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
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Deer Resistant Trees

As the deer population has boomed and food has become scarcer, they have become more aggressive. In some areas deer will strip your garden bare, leaving nothing green or flowery behind. While there is no such thing as a completely deer-proof garden, there are some effective things you can do to protect your garden from these hungry animals.

Use physical barriers


A High Fence
Deer can jump pretty high, but a fence higher than eight feet (higher on an up-slope) and flush with the ground will keep any deer out.

Electric Fences
They are a much easier and less expensive solution. Deer generally will not try to jump electric fences, but will rather try to climb through the wires, receiving a deterring shock.

Bird-Netting
An even less extreme physical option is to put bird netting over your larger and more susceptible plants.

Plant Deer-resistant Varieties

Herbs, some conifers, and many flowers are some of the best deer-resistant plants. More fragrant plants will often deter predation. Planting just a few deer-resistant plants will limit grazing of your other plants. Remember, "deer-resistant" does not mean deer-proof. A hungry animal will eat just about anything.

Having a dog In the Family

Dogs Keep Deer Away Owning a dog, especially a big dog will almost always keep deer from approaching your home. Just the scent of the dog will keep most deer away, and if your dog lives outside you will probably never see any deer.

For most gardeners, it is a combination of different solutions that works best. Every gardener has to find the solution that works best in their garden.

Shop All Deer-resistant Plants

Ornamental Grasses

Planting:

Set plants in a sunny location, spacing appropriate to the ultimate height and spread of the species. Grasses are widely tolerant of soils. Many will thrive in wet soils, and are excellent planted by the water’s edge, but many will tolerate poor, dry soils.


Maintenance:

While grasses may require two to three seasons to become fully established, they are of the easiest, most trouble-free culture. They’ll withstand drought once established, and are virtually untouched by insects and diseases.

The only pruning needed is to annually cut back to ground level in late winter or very very early spring to allow for enjoying the dried foliage in the winter landscape. We recommend a winter mulch. Once established, clumps may require dividing from time to time. To dry, cut before seed ripens, and hang upside-down in a dark place.


Zones:

Zones various

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Since its founding in 1920, Wayside Gardens has brought the rarest and highest-quality plants to the garden market. Wayside was founded in 1920 by two acclaimed growers who came together to pursue their shared vision of marketing all high-end plants for the serious garden enthusiast. Originally located in Mentor, Ohio, Wayside Gardens swiftly grew a reputation for the highest-quality plants and the most sophisticated clientele. In 1975, Wayside was purchased by the Park Seed Company, and moved to Hodges, SC.  The company has flourished since then, growing to become an undisputed leader in rare and unique plant growing.

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.