Some very remarkable plants come from Australia, Callistemon and Eucalyptus, to name just two examples that have settled beautifully into new, non-antipodean homes. Here is another, unfamiliar but excellent new variety: Lomandra.
Lomandra looks like a grass but has recently been reclassified as a member of the asparagus family. L. longifolia White Sands is a variegated perennial; its refined, grass-like foliage is attractively striated with cream lines against the darker green. These slim leaves are robust, however, and do not ark or bend in the wind, but remain upright to their pointed ends. In the spring flower spikes emerge from the plant growing up to half the height of the leaves bearing small, scented yellow blooms.
Quite apart from its obvious attractions, once settled in, L. Longifolia White Sands is hardy. It will tolerate frost, drought (so is ideal in containers) and will endure wear and tear if planted along the edges of paths. The plant manager at Burford suggests planting it in semi-shade amongst the broad, spotty leaves of Pulmonaria, its spiky upright leaves providing a visual foil.
Pot Size: 3L
Common Name: Basket Grass or Spiny Head Mat Rush
Hardiness: Fully hardy, to –10°
Height and Spread: 60cm x 65cm
Preferred Soil Type: Fertile well-drained soil
Position: Sun or partial shade
Flowering Period: Spring
Care: Avoid roots to becoming waterlogged. Feed in spring with slow release fertiliser