Showy Evening Primrose This heat-, drought-, and humidity-tolerant plant rewards you in midsummer with showy pink flowers. While it's easy growing, it does require some patience: It's one of the last groundcovers to emerge from the ground in early spring. BH
15 Ways to Use Ornamental Grasses in Your Landscape
Add Texture to Beds and Borders, Ornamental grasses add unique texture to the landscape. Soft, mounding grasses such as fountaingrass look great with plants that have a bolder texture, for example. More upright grasses, such as switchgrass, make great textural counterparts to more mounded plants.
Easy Groundcovers for Your GardenMondo Grass A favorite of Southern gardeners, especially the intriguing purple-leaf variety. Though it looks like a dwarf grass and bears the moniker it does, mondo grass is actually more closely related to lilies. Name: Ophiopogon japonicus Growing Conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 24 inches tall, depending on variety Zones: 6-10
'Karl Foerster' Feather Reedgrass This ornamental grass has become a garden favorite for its great performance and stiff, upright habit. 'Karl Foerster' is ideal for creating a low screen or hedge, and giving a soothing backdrop for more colorful perennials. Name: Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster' Size: To 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide Zones: 5-9
Add Visual Rhythm..Rhythm is the regular repetition of an element in the garden; in most cases, developing a rhythm means using many repetitions, not just two or three. For example, it might be a line of trees beside a long driveway or the pickets and posts of a fence next to a 100-foot-long sidewalk. If you are planning a smaller area, simply choose smaller plants.