Regional Picks: Grass Companions

Fine Gardening – Issue 177
From left to right: wand flower; ‘Red Midget’ Mexican hat; running groundsel. Photos: Ann E. Stratton; Richard Bloom;

Ornamental grasses are a star of late summer and fall. The foliage color and plumes that emerge in cooler weather as well as the movement they provide during a breezy day make these plants an essential part of any garden. However, a garden full of only ornamental grass from August to November leaves something to be desired. That “something” is a perennial or shrub companion that can bring varied color and form to the garden bed after summer bloomers have faded.

The grass companions in this collection will shine alongside your ornamental grass as it comes into its own. If your grasses are looking a little lonely, find your region below and start playing plant matchmaker.