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The elegant, sweeping lines of this grass are so lovely that it's a favorite among gardeners. And Japanese forestgrass is one of only a few ornamental grasses that thrive in shade. Its mounding clumps of arching, grassy leaves gradually increase in size, never becoming invasive. Variegated cultivars are particularly attractive. All thrive in moisture-retaining, humus-rich soil and even tolerate dry conditions.
Bold hosta leaves, variegated or solid, provide a striking counterpoint to the grassy foliage of Japanese forestgrass. They enjoy similar conditions.Holly fern
The foliage contrast between upright Christmas fern and graceful Japanese forestgrass, especially the variegated cultivars, is most appealing.Columbine
Spring-blooming columbines in flower above mounds of Japanese forestgrass bring color and interest to a shady site. Columbine foliage contrasts well with the grass.