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Come rain or come shine, this is one gorgeous grass. After a shower, the delicate clouds of switchgrass seed heads are spangled with raindrops that glisten in the sun. In dry weather, these mostly upright grasses are beautiful in slanting sun, which highlights their green, purplish, or bluish leaves.
In late summer, lightly branched panicles of spikelets (flowers) appear above the foliage, presenting an airy picture. In fall, the foliage often takes on dramatic red, yellow, or gold tones, then it turns buff in winter. Some self-seed freely. Provide average, well-drained soil in sun or very light shade for best results.
The dark-centered golden daisies of black-eyed Susan create an informal meadow look for several weeks when planted in sun with switchgrass.Aster
In sunny beds and borders, 'Purple Dome' aster bursts into flower in early fall and shows off dramatically against the fall colors of switchgrass.Crocosmia
In summer, 'Lucifer' crocosmia displays gaudy sprays of brilliant scarlet-orange flowers that play off well against cooling switchgrass.