When it comes to native grasses in a Texas garden it's hard to beat the muhly family. Many of them are native to Texas or nearby areas and they seem to thrive in our hot, dry summers and freezing winters. I'm linking with Loree at Danger Garden to feature my favorite plant for November. All during the year the muhly grasses provide a green, grassy anchor throughout the garden but it is in the fall when they truly command the most attention. The Muhlenbergia capillaris aka Pink Muhly along the driveway are November standouts in the garden.
Out near the street this stand of cotton-candy puffs wave at passersby during November.
They do a great job catching the light at sunset
When combined with Color Guard Yucca it's a bright contrast.
This analogous color combination works with purple blooming Salvia leucantha or Mexican Bush Sage--an idea copied from a professional landscape installed nearby.
The plants shown above near the street were large 3 gallon size when planted so they have taken off in the last three years. The pink muhly running the length alongside the Silverado Sage were planted in quart sizes a year later and are still filling in. Next year these should catch up and produce a 100 foot cloud of pink.
They may be small but they are pretty cool at sunset too
Like all the native ornamental grasses in my garden, these are absolutely deer proof. The deer completely ignore them which is why I have so many! Also known as Gulf Muhly, these are primarily coastal grasses so they need more water than the inland native Lindheimer muhly to get established. It's especially important to give them plenty of water in the spring when the new growth appears. Full sun is a must. This group along the east-west axis and southside of the driveway get full all-day sun most of the summer. I had a few in afternoon shade and they never bloomed until moved to this location. The inflorescense turns a tawny brown in late fall and I leave them in place until February. I cut them back to about 4" every other year before the new growth appears.
Hardiness: Zone 7-11
Height to 3 feet
Well drained soil and low to moderate water
You can find bloggers sharing their favorite plants for November at Danger Garden.