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Shade Trees and Easy-Care Perennials

Garden experts offer planting information for 11 shade trees and easy-care perennials.

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Maiden or Flame Grass (10 of 12)

Miscanthus sinensis 'Purpurescens'

Gardener's Note: Miscanthus sinensis is a non-native invasive grass from Asia. It has escaped cultivation and invaded natural areas throughout the Midwest and South.

  • Upright ornamental grass with reddish-green foliage that turns bright red in the fall.

  • Plant in full sun to light shade.

  • Can be invasive.

  • Tolerant of a wide range of soil.

  • Prune back to ground in late winter to early spring; fertilize in spring.

  • Divide every few years in early spring.

  • Height: 4-6 feet.

  • Width: 3-4 feet.

Hardy in zones 4-9:

  • Zone 4: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch after first frost to prevent winter heaving; remove mulch in spring; avoid exposure to salt; plant may flop over in heavy snow or ice.

  • Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch after first frost to prevent winter heaving; remove mulch in spring; avoid exposure to salt; plant may flop over in heavy snow or ice.

  • Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; remove mulch in spring; plant may flop over in heavy snow or ice.

  • Zone 7: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall; remove mulch in spring; plant may flop over in heavy snow or ice.

  • Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall; remove mulch in spring.

  • Zone 9: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall; remove mulch in spring.

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