Posted: 30/04/2014 at 11:25
Now, I'm not great at identifying pics on the forum but it looks like stipa arundinacea to me. A grass that doesn't flower over much but does have those red and orange tints and, for me anyway down here, is evergreen. It gets largish so best divided every two or three years, will not need planting in groups for this reason and is very tolerant of differing situations.
I like the idea of mixtures....viz., grassss with other things. Perhaps a couple of small shrubs like euonymous emerald n gold, or spirea goldflame or pittosporum Tom Thumb. Perennials like Heucheras or geraniums like rozanne would be nice too. A row of grasses may look a bit rigid almost boring.
So, those grasses. Hordeum does seed a little but worth it. They will be ready for next year now if seed sowing. Stipa Tennuissima is lovely...plant this in 3's. Check out Carex Testacea too....lovely coppery orange, olive leaves and evergreen. Elymus magellanicus is blue...the blue is as blue as any foliage plant.
If you have a dampish or heavier shadier spot there, maybe towards and including the corner of your entrance then check out hackonochloa macra aureola. This is class. Will spread ...not invasive at all....to form a nice mound of yellow leaves with red, orange and yellow tints. Prob my favourite grass. Not evergreen but emerges as yellow shoots in early spring to make a mound 30cm or more.
For a brilliant splash of colour check out Bowles Golden Grass. This is currently starting to flower for me. It has yellow stems amd yellow flowers about 60 cm high. Needs moisture though and some shade
If you could avoid a straightness there it would be better. Perhaps encroach once or twiI'm further Imto the lawn ...not by much but enough to,create an illusion of depth and "swerve". .?
Enjoy the plantIng MrsG