Grasses, sedges and rushes are major players in gardens from coast to coast. But their textures, colors and toughness also have them headed for stardom in another role – as container plants. Here against a varied backdrop of settings at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, are examples of the tall and the small, the bold and the delicate – something for everyone.
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A single, graceful bamboo muhly grass (Muhlenbergia dumosa) in an oversize container makes a dramatic solo performance in an amphitheaterlike part of Cheekwood’s Herb Study Garden. Here the earthy color and simple shape of the concrete Mars Pot by Vestrivas is reminiscent of ancient oil jars, making it a fitting addition to the Mediterranean atmosphere inspired by billowing rosemary and a weathered column remnant, originally part of Nashville’s State Capitol building.