Some garden bloggers scoff at best-of-the-year plant awards, but I’m always interested to see what the top picks are. One welcome side-effect is that this terrific grass should be easier to find at garden centers this spring — it’s been rather hard to get hold of unless you went to a specialist nursery or ordered it online.
Panicum virgatum ‘North Wind’ is an outstanding upright growing switch grass cultivar. In late summer attractive narrow flower plumes appear within the foliage, instead of arching over the top, as with most grasses.
In fall, the leaves and flowers turn gold and the plant persists beautifully through the cold months. It makes a great vertical accent in the garden and tends to stay upright, even in dead of winter. Read more about growing Panicum virgatum ‘North Wind’ (link goes to my flower gardening website).
This blog post by a self-confessed obsessive gardener also praises this lovely ornamental grass.