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.
Sticking to a limited color palette, with the main focus on varied textures and forms, can be every bit as eye-catching (even without flowers) as a container of neon annuals. Here playing with soft greens and variegation in creamy white and pale yellow was the rule. Tall, bamboolike Arundo donax var. versicolor strikes a pose in this Gladding, McBean container, courtesy of Living Green, fronted by Iris ensata ‘Variegata’. Around the edges are fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Desert Plains’), sedges Carex ciliato-marginata ‘Treasure Island’
and C. albula ‘Frosty Curls’, and shrubby rosemary and Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Snowkist’.