Planted at regular intervals, Mexican feather grasses provide some low amber waves of grain right next to the patio.
I admit, I just picked this photo of Bunny Tail grasses mixed with Kangaroo Paw because I love the composition of the photographs. You can see the whole front yard in the next photo.
Here grasses have replaced a typical American front lawn. This is an eco-friendly choice, as one of the biggest sources of non-point source pollution in the United States is our lawns (i.e. fertilizer runoff during a storm).
This entire site plays with mixing vernacular and modern architecture. Case in point: This Mexican feather grass looks as though it could have been plucked from a large field of agricultural wheat, and pokes out from a crisp rectangle cut into the decking. It's a really clever move that helps set the tone of the modern barn-inspired building.
Another way to keep the wild shape of grasses in line is with planters. Here the planters and grasses are scaled so that they create a strong line and provide a screen that separates two outdoor rooms.
Here another strong line is created using grasslike sedges contained in planters. The shape of each clump of grass is a good contrast to all of those straight lines, yet they still add vertical elements that punctuate the wall.
Here grasses lend a very different geometry, rounded mounds, as well as an unexpected silver-green color. Huettl Landscape Architecture used Festuca 'Elijah blue' in the foreground with Blue Oat Grass and Berkeley sedge beyond the gravel oval.
This container full of grasses creates a great view from above.
This landscape architect has gained inspiration from the surrounding marsh grasses and brought grasses into the his plant palette. They connect the built part of the landscape to its natural surroundings.
This yard is absolutely stunning and functional, yet has none of that typical American lawn in sight. Tall feather reed grasses add height and color to this built landscape.
Here Mexican feather grass was chosen for its architectural simplicity and easy maintenance.
The built part of this landscape is nestled into a beautiful meadow of undulating grasses and wildflowers.