Looking lengthwise across the front yard, the dominant feature is a Berkeley sedge lawn. A giant hesperaloe anchors one end near a cluster of live oaks. A broad, curving path of decomposed granite leads through the front garden.
Solidago_caesia GOLDENROD, BLUE STEMMED * (Solidago caesia) • golden yellow • 16” - 24"h x 16“w • September - October • Shade-loving favorite nectar plant of butterflies and insects; excellent companion for shade-tolerant fall asters; provides a touch bright of autumn color in the shady garden. S/PS/Sh, NJ, B
This is Bamboo Muhly, a very cool plant that can take full sun, is very drought tolerant once established, and looks like a miniature bamboo. It doesn't spread like some bamboo's, and only get's about 6 to 8 feet tall. This would be a very good option for your back yard, and they even sell it at the "fancy" nursery near your house.