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Festuca glauca Festina

Blue fescue

Perfect for creating a modern planting scheme

A tufted evergreen grass forming a tactile mound of filamentous blue-green leaves. In summer buff coloured feathery flower stems rise above the foliage and move gently in the breeze. This is a versatile garden plant that will add year round colour and texture in gardens of all sizes.

Where?

Plant in full sun at the front of beds and borders, in gravel or gaps in paving. Perfect for pots and containers on its own or with heucheras.

How?

any well drained soil that is never waterlogged. In late winter comb through the foliage with a gloved hand to remove dead leaves and flower stems. Mulch soil surface with gravel to keep wet and soil off the foliage.  

A great plant for coastal gardens; assosciates well with rocks and pebbles

Plant details


In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Grass, Perennial
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering June - July
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 30 cm - 40 cm
Plant width 40 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 40 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Patio container, Garden edging, City garden, Rock garden

Typically available

From April to September