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!
sedum makinio ogon- I know it doesn't look like much here but trust me you must get this plant- you will want it everywhere. It ties everything together with a vibrant yellow green. I keep transplanting bits and pieces in the hopes that i will have several nice clumps!
Elements of a Japanese Garden. Shaded section of an Asian garden 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 a bed.
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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.