Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Pampas Grass Sales Are Falling

The Telegraph [UK]
30 May 2017

    Olivia Rudgard, Social Affairs Correspondent

For decades it was a common feature of suburban front gardens throughout Britain, adding a touch of exoticism to more everyday native planting.

But an unfortunate association with liberal sexual practices appears to have heralded the end of pampas grass as a gardener's favourite.

Plant sellers says sales have plummeted - in no small part due to the plant being regarded as a secret signal to passersby that its owners are happy to indulge in swinging.

Many nurseries have stopped stocking it entirely, and even large suppliers have seen numbers plummet, as buyers shun the plant for fear of what it means. […]