Winter 2015 Article for The Designer: Overdam Feather Reed Grass

APLD The Designer – Winter 2015 coverAPLD’s The Designer magazine’s Winter 2015 edition is out!Cheri has a featured Pro Plant Picks article on pages 16-17. See the full APLD magazine issue here!APLD Winter2015 article ProPlantPicksStringer-page-0


Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Overdam' (1)Overdam Feather Reed Grass

Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Overdam’

This ornamental grass is a favorite to use in a variety of garden styles as it is a flexible, year-round performer that works well in a variety of landscapes.  In the winter, I encourage my clients to leave feather reed grass uncut, as the seed heads pierce the snow, providing sculptural structure and texture. In spring, the plumes provide birds important sources of food and nest building material. Trim them back in April just before the new stalks begin to emerge

USDA HARDINESS ZONES: 4–9

SIZE: 1–3’ H x 1–3’ W

CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS: Full sun to part shade. Performs best in low water and average, well-drained soil.