Colorful pansies mix beautifully with grasses in this easy-care window box planting. This arrangement uses a color scheme of golds and yellows to celebrate fall color. Combine any ornamental grasses and fall flowers for a similar look.
A: Variegated sweet flag (Acorus gramineus 'Variegatus') — 2
B: Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana 'Matrix Red Wings') — 2
C: 'ToffeeTwist' sedge (Toffee Twist Carex comans) — 1
Although sweet flag looks like a grass, it is in a family by itself. Like grasses, though, sweet flags are grown for their textural foliage, especially the boldly variegated types. Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' forms an upright plant with striking green-and-white striped foliage stretching 3–5 feet tall.
Pansies bloom in fall or spring and add color and delicate texture to any container garden. 'Matrix Red Wings' is a blotched variety with burgundy top petals and splotches around the center. This variety is fragrant and attracts butterflies.
Sedges are suitable for almost any place you need to fill in the garden. Adaptable, easy-care sedges have earned their place in residential gardens. 'Toffee Twist' has bronze foliage, and prefers full- to part-sun.