How to Grow Bowles Golden Grass


Bowles golden grass earns its name from its golden colored grass blades. Variegated blades in lemon and lime hues grow 20 inches high and arch gracefully under their own weight. Grow in containers, as a bedding plant or in borders where an ornamental grass is desired. A shade loving plant, it adds a decorative element to areas where garden flowers may not grow due to the lack of full sunshine. It requires little maintenance and is suitable for the novice gardener.

Step 1

Purchase plants from a respected nursery or garden center. Choose full plants with healthy leaves that show no signs of browning or spotting.

Step 2

Prepare a shaded to partially shaded bed with moist, rich soil for planting. Work compost and organic material into the soil to improve quality if necessary.

Step 3

Dig a hole two times as wide as the plant's container and 3 inches deeper than the container height. Space planting holes 20 inches apart if planting more than one clump of Bowles golden.

Step 4

Remove the plant from the container and set it into the hole. Mound dirt on the bottom of the hole under the roots as necessary until the crown of the plant is even with the soil surface. Fill in the hole with soil around the plant.

Step 5

Water the new planting in until the soil is thoroughly wet. Place a 2-inch layer of organic mulch around the plant to retain soil moisture.

Step 6

Keep the soil moist at all times. Cut back foliage in early spring before the leaves begin actively growing again.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never let the soil dry out as this will kill the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Spade
  • Mulch
  • Shears


  • University of Illinois Extension
  • BBC Gardening
Keywords: Bowles golden grass, shade gardening, ornamental grasses

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Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.