So many gardeners are now growing the wildly popular Muhlenbergia capillaris, they’ve forgot to checkout some of its great relatives. Here’s one of my favorites, the truly elegant Muhlenbergia rigens (deer muhly) putting on a heckuva show here at JLBG now. Native from Texas to California, deer muhly tolerates drought well, but not sloppy wet soils. Winter hardiness should be Zones 6-9. I hope you like this as much as I do.
I just snapped this photo of the amazing North American native Muhlenbergia capillaris ‘White Cloud’ in flower here at JLBG. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Ornamental grasses make such great combinations. Looking outside our back door now is this combo of Chasmanthium ‘River Mist‘ with tricyrtis, and a thelypteris fern. No colorful flowers…only great textures and form.
One of our favorite native plants is in full flower in the garden…the unusual white-topped sedge. Dichromena (Rhynchospora) latifolia makes a slowly spreading patch that resembles a carex until the odd white flower spikes occur in mid-summer. Although it usually is found in seasonally flooded sites, we have found it also makes a great specimen in all but the driest garden sites.