An abundance of grasses ― including golden pheasant's tail and green Miscanthus transmorrisonensis ― lends softness and movement to this garden, while agaves and other succulents add starchier textures.
So how to get started? Learn the difference between good plants and weeds. Browse through nurseries and look through books, such as Landscaping with Ornamental Grasses (Sunset Publishing Corporation, 2002; $15).
Then choose varieties of grasses that are appropriate for where you live—some are frost tender, others can be invasive in some areas. Most grasses are sold as container-grown plants in 1- and 5-gallon cans.
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