Succulents and grasses are a pairing that always hits the mark

Today we bring you a series of photos from gardens in the Midwest and California—gardens that feature a unique pairing of succulents with ornamental grasses. It’s hard to imagine a starker pairing of contrasting textures; the grasses with their feathery and fluffy appearance and the succulents with their bold, fleshy look. Planted in concert the combination is both interesting and striking.

'Elijah Blue' blue fescue (Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue', Zones 4-8) has frosty coloring and incredible fine texture, which is highlighted by the coarse and colorful leaves of the nearby assorted aeoniums (Aeonium cvs., Zones 9-11).

The paddlelike leaves of the aeoniums (Aeonium cvs., Zones 9-11) and agave (Agave cv., Zones 9-11) enhance the wispy blades of the Mexican feather grass (Nassella tenuissima, Zones 6-9). The killer form of the large-bladed New Zealand flax (Phorium tenax, Zones 8-11) adds a big more boldness to the scene.

Fine textured grasses, native California shrubs, and even a lacy Japanese maple (Acer palmatum cv., Zones 5-9) set the textural tone while an smattering of aeoniums (Aeonium cvs., Zones 9-11)  and agaves play at their feet (Agave cvs., Zones 9-11).

A plethora of fine textured ground cover sedums (Sedum cvs., Zones 3-19) and hens and chicks (Sempervivum cvs., Zones 4-8) set the stage—along with 'Elijah Blue' blue fescue (Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue', Zones 4-8)—for the boldness of the agaves (Agave cvs., Zones 9-11).  and yucca (Yucca filamentosa, Zones 5-10) to truly shine.

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