A closer look revealed the beast lurking within the beauty. The ornamental grass clump is a Panicum cultivar, probably something like 'Cheyenne Sky' or 'Shenandoah', beginning to turn red on the tips here in late July. I grow several at home, and every Fall I enjoy the soft spikelets atop the stiffly erect blades of the grass. Here, in front of the limestone building, this blue-green cultivar stands out in nice contrast, although it doesn't create quite as lively a scene as it does in my constantly wind-swept garden.
|An Unholy Combination|
No matter how beautiful this combination seems, consider this a forewarning that you would have to be crazy to try it in your own garden. Of course, I'm overlooking the fragile sanity level of most avid gardeners. Anything to outdo the neighbors, right? Several of you already have mentally placed this combination into your gardens, perhaps along the garden paths where it can be experienced at close quarters, perhaps just around that specimen bush, where it will surprise and delight a visitor? Don't. I'm telling you, just don't. God only knows how many years, State workers and tax dollars it will take to eliminate the Common Dayflower from this one clump of ornamental grass.