Last but certainly not least is a grass that deserves way more attention: 'Karley Rose' fountain grass (Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose,' zones  6 to 8). There aren't many grasses I don't love, but this may be my favorite. 'Karley' gets bigger and beefier than your average fountain grass — about 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide. It blooms in fuzzy pink early in the season, with flowers that fade to a more buff pink. Best of all, it reblooms throughout the season, so it's an all-summer stunner. 'Karley Rose' needs full sun and dry soil to thrive, and good drainage is essential in the northern reaches of its range.
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