Festuca 'Intense Blue' really does live up to its name - it's one of the best blue-leaved plants out there.
With fine-textured, incredibly coloured leaves, this beautiful little grass is sure to grab attention wherever it is planted. 'Blue' doesn't really do it justice - the colour is more a steely blue-grey, as if it had been spray-painted by a trendy designer. These unusual tones work well when used as a statement plant (on its own in a pot, for example), or in combination with others - making a particularly pleasing contrast to purple-leaved plants such as heucheras. Despite its fabulous colouring, Festuca 'Intense Blue' is no diva - just give it plenty of sunshine to ensure the best colour. Great for pots, rockeries, gravel gardens and more; what's more, it's evergreen so you get garden impact all year round.
Easy to grow, handsome and stylish, this is one of the best blue-coloured plants available.
Plant Type: Ornamental Grass
Hardiness: H5 Hardy. Minimum temperature -15 to -10.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 30cm x W 30cm (Mature age: 2 Years)
Foliage Colour: Blue, Green, Grey
Flower Colour: Blue, Green
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: No
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Clay, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun
Planting Style: Flower Beds & Borders, Low Maintenance Garden, Informal Garden, Cottage Garden, Containers, Urban Garden
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering (from - to): June - July
This sun-loving plant enjoys an open situation, ideally without too much competition from other plants. The heat and light reflected up from gravel gardens and patios suit it well, and it doesn't need much water: it's best to water plants well until they've become established; after which they can be left to themselves (apart from those in pots, which still need an occasional watering).
In common with many ornamental grasses, Blue Fescue will do well on poorer soils - the only time it will need feeding is if it's been in the same pot for a while. Use a liquid general-purpose fertiliser or push slow-release fertiliser tablets into the compost in spring.
Pruning is easy - simply 'comb' through the foliage with your fingers in late winter to remove dead growth. After 3-5 years, the centres of plants can die out - either replace them or dig them up, split them, discard the dead pieces and replant.