Posted: 21/08/2015 at 14:01
Hackonechloa are fabulous grasses. Classy low mounds. Plant as 3 clumps for good effect.
Miscanthus and calamagrostis are tall grasses........easy and lots of varieties for foliage colour and flowers. Miscanthus variegatus has lovely green and white sharp clean leaves. Flamingo has pink/ red flowers. Morning light has fine arching leaves...very striking. Zebrinus has gold/yellow,bands across the leaves
Molinias are good on heavy soil
carex varieties like Testacea add evergreen copper/brown colour all year. Bowles Golden Grass has yellow flowers, stems and leaves.
heleniums and veronicastrums and acteas add height and summer colour and complement grasses well.
buddleias like fhe Buzz series are fantastic for summer colour at a much more compact size.
the dogwoods are great for clay soils and mixing with grasses....elegantissima has green and white foliage. Aurea has yellow leaves. Both have bright red stems over winter.
hellebores will also add winter/spring colour and blend too with grasses.
Re hackenochloa try corydallis with it....bright blue flowers in late winter to late spring.
Hey...don't spoil your planting with roses B3.. None of the above plants need spraying for disease or pest and wont try to scratch your eyes out. Roses will certainly spoil your prairie effect
Oh, not montbretia. or their hybrid cousins crocosmias. They are too aggressive once they get established. Hemerocallis...day lilies....will it though