My perennial bed looks pretty sad right now but there is still one shining star. The Hakonechloa macra ‘Aurea’ has looked great all summer and well into fall. It’s especially nice right now because it’s a bright spot in the otherwise declining look of the garden. It’s a great 3 season plant. It has terrific spring freshness. It gives a good punch to the summer border and it holds on well into fall. It’s a shade lover but in the PNW, it grows just fine with some sun. I have it mixed with Hosta Sunpower, which survives just fine in full sun.
Hakone Grass or Japanese Forest Grass is all gold with a fountain like form and silky texture. It grows in zones 5-9 and reaches a height of 18″ by 36″…eventually. It’s a very slow grower. Better to buy a few and clump them together for a flash of color.