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Phalaris arundinacea var. picta Arctic Sun

Gardener's Garters

Bright yellow and green striped leaves

A beautiful and easy to grow grass with flat, arching green and yellow striped leaves. Arctic Sun has beautiful golden-yellow flowers through June and July.


Loves to grow in full sun or part shade. Good for ground cover in borders or by a water feature but in small spaces plant in a container to stop it spreading.


Happy in any soil, including wet boggy conditions.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Grass
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 65 cm - 75 cm
Plant width 60 cm - 75 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 70 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
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, Patio container, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September