Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants
Rushes somewhat resemble grasses, with leaflike, cylindrical stems and tiny, inconspicuous flowers clustered near stem tips. Specialists usually suggest planting them with grasses or aquatic plants at the edge of a pond or stream, in shallow water, or among stones and pebbles.Juncus effusus
Native to many temperate regions of the world. To 2 1/2 ft. high and wide. Medium green stems are 1/8 to 1/4 in. thick; erect at first, they arch somewhat toward tips. Stems turn brown with frost.
Native to California and Oregon. To 2 ft. high and wide, with stiffly upright green or gray-green stems. Tolerates more heat and drought than J. effusus but thrives in moist soil or shallow water. ‘Carman’s Gray’ is a good gray-stemmed selection.
Like firs (Abies), spruces are pyramidal, with branches arranged in neat tiers. Unlike firs, ...
Both commonly-sold species have decorative stems, but those of Pedilanthus macrocarpus are ba...
Grows 1 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide. Has soft, bright green leaves and a dense, mounding habit like Junip...