Mexican feather grass
is recommended for erosion control on slopes because of its modest water requirement and its ability to self sow.
Growing below them are Phormium, kangaroo paws, variegated Miscanthus sinensis condensatus, Mexican feather grass, and Yushania maling, a delicate clumping bamboo.
Golden Mexican feather grass (Nassella tenuissima), clumps of blue fescue, and succulents edge the steps; dymondia spreads a gray-green carpet in the foreground.
A clump of blond feather grass
and a mature buddleja with purple flowers already grew in this spot, so Chai brought in more purple-flowered plants, including penstemon, Tibouchina, and verbena.
The exceptions are evergreen grasses, such as sedge (Carex), blue oat grass, and some species of feather grass
(Stipa), which only need renewing every 2 to 3 years (comb out the dead blades with your fingers and cut off old flowers).
A tall Mexican feather grass
rises in the center; it's flanked with a green geranium and a frilly ruby red coleus.
The tawny plumes of Mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima), the silvery leaves of snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum), and the metallic-blue fingers of Senecio mandraliscae, when hit by sunlight, bounce it back, adding sheen and shimmer to the cool and bold look of the succulents.
The planting is drought-tolerant, although perhaps not as low-maintenance as anticipated; wayward seedlings of Mexican feather grass have to be plucked out frequently, and the snow-in-summer needs periodic trimming to keep it from engulfing the aloes.
GRASSES AND GRASSLIKE PLANTS: Blue oat grass, Bowles' golden grass, eulalia grass, fairy wand, feather grass
, feather reed grass, fescue, New Zealand flax, fountain grass, Hesperaloe parviflora, Japanese blood grass, Muhlenbergia, red-hot poker, ribbon grass, society garlic, sotol, tufted hair grass.
Bronze carex or blonde feather grass
pairs beautifully with rusty iron.
He embedded boulders in the "hill," then planted blue star creeper, Mexican feather grass
, festuca, and variegated bamboos around them.
In a smaller one, pair Mexican feather grass
with ornamental oreganos and small salvias like S.