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.
Want a little “pow”? Try a big cobalt-blue container like the Obsit Square Planter by Campania with a richly colored mix of chartreuse Hakone grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’), Rustic Orange™ coleus, Arcelia ‘Purple’ angelonia and eggplant-colored elephant’s-ear (Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’). Another big plus with grasses is movement, and here the Hakone grass and elephant’s-ear catch every breeze and seem almost alive. This is also a good mix for a shady garden.