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'Aureola' Japanese Forest Grass

Description

  • Striking golden variegation on foliage!
  • Slender, arching leaves flutter in the breeze.
  • Shade-loving perennial grows well in moisture.
  • Easy to grow and maintain.
  • Zones 5-9, part sun/shade, 18″ tall and wide at maturity.
Zone 5-9
Light shade
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Hand-picked at our greenhouse

Shipped to your door

Arrives as young plant

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More Information

Description The bold, variegated leaves of Aureola Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra) add texture and dimension to any space! Three seasons of brilliant color will liven up the shade. Leaves are gold and chartreuse, and as the seasons change, leaves transition to copper-orange hues. This low maintenance grass forms effortless, cascading mounds that require no trimming! It's resistant to pests, diseases, and deer, making it super easy to grow. It will thrive nearly anywhere in your garden, so no need to stress! Try planting it along the edges of your patio, in containers, or under trees. Details Botanical name: Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
Common name: Hakone grass, Japenese forest grass, golden Japanese forest grass
Zone: 5 - 9
Sun exposure: Shade (< 4 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun)
Height x width: 12-18" X 18"
Foliage color: Gold and chartreuse
Season of interest: Spring through fall
Uses: Accent, border, container, ground cover, massing, small spaces, underplanting, waterside, woodland
How To Grow Soil: Prefers organic-rich, well-draining soils. Avoid poorly draining soils composed of heavy clay.
Light: Shade (< 4 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun). Full hot sun may scorch the foliage.
Water: Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Spacing: 18 - 24 inches
Fertilizing: Hakonechloa doesn't need supplemental fertilizing in good soils, but if you do fertilize, wait until after the first blush of growth in spring.
Winterizing: In zones 5 and 6, apply a layer of extra mulch for protection.
Maintenance & pruning:  Trim back the old foliage in late fall or early spring before new growth emerges. Divide every 2 to 3 years in the spring. Older plants can be dug up and cut in half for quick propagation.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
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c
c.s. (Illinois)
disappointed

One half of the grass is dead. Arrived, transplanted, dead.

Hello! We're sorry to hear that you had some trouble with your grass. Please email pictures of the plant to claims@greatgardenplants.com, making sure to put your order number and name in the subject line so that we may provide the best assistance possible. Rest assured, we do have a 60-day guarantee on all of our plants. If you received your plants within that timeframe, we will be happy to apply your warranty once we receive the pictures. Happy Gardening!

P
P.T. (Florida)
Cannot handle moisture

After 30 short summer days of Pan Handle rain, these plants are dead. Despite the description, these plants do not do well in moisture. Also, please note that Great Garden defaults all reviews to 5 stars, so the averages are skewed.

And "YES", my roof has rain gutters and I did contact support but was not offered anything other than a proverbial "oh well".

Hello! Thank you for leaving a review. While our review software defaults to 5 stars, our customers can easily change their rating, and do to reflect their thoughts on our plants. Just as you were able to change your rating to a one star review.

In regards to your grass, it's hard to give an exact answer to what is happening without a little more information. A common problem we see (both with our customers and our staff) is plants in garden beds under roofs without gutters. If the roof above your garden bed does not have gutters, the plants below will be destroyed. Even moisture loving plants cannot tolerate being poured on by rain.

Good drainage is crucial - even for plants that are moisture tolerant. When soil is dry, the pores between its particles are full of oxygen, which the roots need to live. When it rains or you water, the pores get full of water. This is fine as long as that doesn't stick around forever, but if drainage is bad or watering/rainfall is very frequent, the pores stay full of water and literally deprive the roots of oxygen. This can be exacerbated by humidity, as there is less evaporation from the soil, that will also slow the drainage and lead to root rot.

We guarantee all of our plants for 60-days. If your order was delivered within that window, we will refund your purchase or set up a replacement order to be sent out to you. We have never not stood by our guarantee. https://www.greatgardenplants.com/pages/our-guarantee

Please email pictures of the plant to claims@greatgardenplants.com, making sure to put your order number and name in the subject line so that we may provide the best assistance possible. Rest assured, we do have a 60-day guarantee on all of our plants. If you received your plants within that timeframe, we will be happy to apply your warranty once we receive the pictures. Happy Gardening!

E
E.R. (North Carolina)
beautiful garden accent!

I am 100% satisfied with the quality of the Japanese Forest grass that I ordered from this site. They are a lovely accent in my garden, and have all been thriving since planting. I wouldn't hesitate to order again from this site, for their high quality at a reasonable price.

K
K.S. (Pennsylvania)
Healthy plants

I purchased several plants from Great Garden Plants, and I was very pleased. The plants were very healthy and are growing nicely now! I would purchase from them again!

M
M.L. (Pennsylvania)
Grass

I really like this low growing grass. I have a full grown grouping of ‘all gold’ on the opposite side. My cat loves maneuvering through it like a jungle cat.