Hameln' , a dwarf fountaingrass, crowns a bed of white petunias and 'Purple Dome' aster. The bright white draws your eye to the base of the garden bed in contrast to the grass' crown of tan spikelets. The rust of sedum peeks through from behind the grass.
this and rosemary are the only plants thriving during our long drought in SoCal. Mexican Thread Grass (Stipa tenuissima) is a soft, billowy grass with fast growth and low water needs, making it ideal in the xeriscaped garden.
Golden Japanese Forest Grass - I really cannot get over Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola', zones 5 to My favorite is the variegated variety. I planted mine under a Japanese maple, and the contrast was genius and it has so much movement.