Japanese Hakone Grass grows vey well in part shade. Its golden leaves have a weeping effect and its brightness in the shade draws the eye. Twelve to eighteen inches tall, a tough plant that likes moist soil. Deer won’t eat this one.
Hakonchloa macra - Hakone grass (Golden Japanese Forest Grass) This gorgeous low-growing plant (to 1') offers a perfect mounding habit. Variegated selections ('Aureola' or 'All Gold') bear brightly colored foliage that light up shady corners. Part shade and well-drained soil.
Japanese gardens rely on subtle color contrast and bold textural differences to create interest. Here chartreuse and green hostas surround the base of a tree while variegated hakone grass softens the edge of the bed.