How can one plant be dramatic, elegant, and almost humorous in its resemblance to Cousin It? This 'All Gold' Japanese forest grass tumbles out of a pot, lighting up a dark corner of my terrace, and keeps its fresh, pristine looks even though my dog nibbles on it as if it's salad served up at perfect Wheaten terrier height.
There are a great many frustrations with making a garden in a mere 2400 square feet, much of which is taken up by deck, terraces, paths, shed, and raised beds. There are so many plants I can't try out, and design is a challenge when you don't have room for masses of anything.
These limitations are almost made up for by the fact that in a small space a single plant, like this Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold', can have such impact. Really, it draws your eyes across the garden with its liquid, flowing texture and pure golden glow. The bright color of the grass plays off the dark, rough shake of the house, the laciness of the Japanese maple behind it, and the large, thickly-textured leaves of the Rodgersia growing in the adjacent pot.