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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An unexpected pairing of modern silver-colored pots with the informal texture of a native grass forms a dramatic scene against a limestone wall on the back patio of the Cheekwood mansion. Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’ is a very upright form of switchgrass, making it an ideal vertical element. Thick leaves are a steely blue color all summer, then transition to gold in the fall, making this a multiseason arrangement. Trio of zinc containers: Living Green.