|Leucanthemums and penstemons with Carex Testacea|
Grasses combine beautifully with herbaceous plants bringing texture and movement to borders
|Achillia with mixed grasses|
|Stipia Gigantia largely mixed with penisetium,salvia and achilia|
All flowers can often be too much. Most flower arrangements need foliage and different textures to look good and its the same with a garden border.
As we move into late summer and autumn we can look forward to textural grasses frothy foliage beautiful seed heads of grasses like the penisetiums.
Theres a grass suitable for most situations and they don't take up much space .
Here are a few suggestions.
Dry Open Situations
Carrex varieties such as Evergold, Testacea, Jenneke, Milk Chocolate and Ice Dance.
Many of the carrex make excellent edging plants seen below with the smaller sport of Geranium Rozanne
|Carex Evergold Geranium Azure rush|
|Stipia arundinacea (medium hight)|
|Stipia arundinacea with my hemerocallis|
|Geum Scarlet Tempest with Stipia arundinacea|
Pennisetums have wonderful seed heads and varieties like Red head exudes colour when caught by the sun.
They also often hold their seed heads all winter and look a picture tipped with frost.
|Penisetium Fireworks and Penstemon Garnet|
Moist Sun or Semi Shade
Miscanthus varieties are tall and elegant some such a Strictus and Zebrius have stripy foliage. (They will also grow in sun.) We would also suggest Stipa arundinacea.
Miscanthus Morning Light has a soft silvery foliage lending itself beautifully to both subtle and contrasting planting schemes.
Seen below with the silvery blue eryngiuns. The latter do like a well drained sunny position and would not thrive in shade.
|Erynium and Miscanthus Morning Light|
Imperata Red Baron (Japanese blood Grass) and Panicum are also suitable.
|Imperata Red Baron|
|Red Barron with Black Grass (Ophipogon) and Miscanthus behind.|
These grasses are amazing as they will grow in almost any condition. Ophiopogon planiscapus Nigrescens (Black Grass) below has very dark foliage excellent for striking a contrast.
|Ophiopogon planiscapus Nigrescens|
|Ophiopogon (Black Grass) with Echinacea|
Wetter Soils and Around Ponds.
A few sugestions would be Junctus Spiralis (Corkskrew Rush), Acorus is also an evergreen and Uncinia rubra and lastly Juncaceae Luzula (Woodrush ).