Japanese Blood Grass - a warm-season ornamental grass that is selected for its attractive, red-tipped foliage. It grows well in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9 and thrives in sunshine and moist soil. I think I might have to give this one a try.
I really like the contrast of the bright green against the darkness of the rocks in this piece. Also, the plant itself is quite intriguing in terms of how it falls. I am considering using this effect in the background of my animation, possibly for a wall.
Ferns, black mondo grass, and the hakonecloa (Japanese forest grass) make great plantings at the base of rainchains - they'll thrive with the added moisture! And the river stones will help prevent muddy splashes - as well as (w/ some grade management) disburse any rainwater that might pool there... All this while enhancing the near-by patio! What a well-planned design!
The sound of moving water from waterfalls adds to the soothing nature of Japanese gardens. This stream is punctuated by two waterfalls and ponds. Papyrus, ornamental grasses, and groundcovers bring life to the stream edge.