Best of the bunch: Pampas grass

It was planted to excess in the 1970s but this lovely ornamental grass with ostrich-feather flowers has become popular again, mainly because it is extremely hardy and drought-tolerant and makes an excellent stand-alone specimen or at the back of a border with other tall grasses.

Sunday, 17th November 2013, 5:17 am

Among the largest pampas cultivars, C. selloana Sunningdale Silver can top 3m (10ft) with large white flower plumes that can withstand some of the worst weather.