Posted: 17/06/2015 at 20:23
Valerie, a girl after my own heart. love grasses,,phormiums,,heleniums,etc
rusty red grasses? carex buchanii....upright,,erect,,evergreen,,foxy red. Comans bronze is beautifully tactile, mound forming with lighter red brown foliage. uncinia unciniata rubra is maroon to bright red...according to time of year, soil,,sunshine etc and again is evergreen. Cqrex testacea is olive copper colour and evergreen. Pennisetum rubrum may not survive winters for you but is a delightfully red summer grass. I also grow imperata red baron...the leaves are now turning bright red. For taller grasses check out panicum shenandoah...leaves already have touches of crimson and grows about 5' high. however, try the chyenne echinaceas....they are easier.
phormiums? Sundowner is excellent. Dazzler is maroon red.
dahlia bishop of llamdaff is wonderful with most heleniums esp moreheim beauty as is lobelia tanya which has red leaves. dahlia after eight has the blackest foliage topped with white flowers that you might like. Acteas too with their dark,,almost black foliage.