The strappy burgundy leaves are beautiful as a landscape accent. It came from a Houston nursery chain with nothing more than “Burgundy Crinum” on its label. Without a botanical name, its growth habits and flower color are a mystery. It may be the best thing ever.
A low, grass-like perennial, it grows only to about 8” tall from a hard corm. The hairy, grass-like leaves explain the botanical name ending in hirsuta.Slender flowering stems carry small, star-shaped, cheery yellow flowers. Native.
This falls into the workhorse category of landscape plants. It dies back in a hard freeze, but reliably comes back with warm weather. Tiny, lightly fragrant flowers are followed by red berries. It’s happy in a wide range of soils and sun exposure.
Lomandra ‘Platinum Beauty’
An attractive find from the clearance rack! Looking through online photos, it looks best set off against a strong background— especially plants with a contrasting color. Like the Foxtail fern, it’s happy in a variety of settings and can grow to 3’ X 3’.
Pink Muhly Grass/Gulf muhly
Probably the most familiar and dreamy of the grasses that are popular in mass plantings or as single specimens, its seed stalks turn a beautiful feathery pink in the fall. Native.
Pennisetum, ‘Princess Caroline’
The latest in a series of ornamental grasses from the plant breeding program of Dr. Wayne Hanna at the University of Georgia, it is named after his granddaughter Caroline. It makes a 3' tall x 4' wide mound of burgundy foliage.
St. Bernard’s Lilly
A clumping, grassy plant with small, star-like white flowers atop 2' tall stems. Flowers resemble lilies and bloom in mid to late spring.
The Missouri Botanical Garden describes it as a low-maintenance plant suitable for sunny locations.
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