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Zoysia tenuifolia also known as 'No-mow' lawn gets this name because it's a very slow growing style of grass. Because of its slow growth rate (about 20cm spread per year) it is not used as a lawn, but more often in planting schemes amongst ornamental plants as an interesting ground cover, between stepping stones, surrounding walkways or on tricky slopes. Zoysia is a mounding ornamental grass which clumps as it grows giving it that fairyland appearance.
Zoysia likes full sun to part shade and moist but well drained soil and is moderately drought tolerant once it's established, feed in Spring with slow release fertiliser. For full coverage leave 10-15cm spacing between plants which should fill in approximately one year.
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This gorgeous shrub gets its name from leaves which are bronze grey underneath and beautifully felted on top, with tiny hairs that start off the same colour as the underside, but age to a deep copper colour.
They are fairly low maintenance, best in full sun with moderate water and free draining soil. Suitable for both pots and the garden, Copper Spoons could be used to create a low hedge or as a statement on their own. Relatively slow growing, they can reach about 1.5 - 2m in the garden.