Glyceria spectabilis variegatus has wonderful soft pink fading to white and green foliage topped with delicate fronds of grassy seed heads in the Summer.
Top tip: If on a shelf, grow in a larger basket so that it doesn’t blow into the pond. Can be invasive if not contained.
Flowers: May/Sep insignificant flowers develop into grassy seed heads.
Height of plant: 30-50cm from crown. .
Propagation: Side shoots readily root where they touch the soil and can be broken off for re-planting.
How to plant: Plant into a 5lt or 10lt planting basket using heavy garden loam or Westland Aquatic Soil and place on a shelf in the pond. Fill the planting basket to a depth so that the crown of the plant is level with the rim. Hold the plant securely and fill in with soil all around the roots, pressing the soil down very firmly until the planting crate is almost filled to the brim. For aesthetic purposes, the soil can then be top dressed with no more than 1cm of pea gravel.
Recommended planting depth: The planting depth for this plant measured from soil surface to water surface and not including any gravel dressing is 0-25cm.