I have never been keen on grasses in my own garden. I have spent so much time removing them from the borders I think that put me off. However having seen the movement grasses can create either as part of a mixed border or in a border dedicated to grasses.
I received a packet of barley grass free with a copy of Gardening News. These were germinated in the house before moving them to the polytunnel were they have been grown on.
This weekend I planted the grasses in to the light bed around the front of the pampas grass. I had thought about putting the barley grass in the raised bed at the edge of the patio. This would have raised the grass up and created movement through which the rest of the garden could be viewed, however the chives have now recovered and are growing well. At the start of the year the dog climbed in the bed and dug everything out. Its the best the chives have ever been. I am hoping the dog will try to dig them up again next spring.
To complete this border I will be moving the variegated grasses (cant remember their name) to the back to add some height until the pampas grass has developed, I had bought them to add contrast in front of the corneus but they are far too tall completely hiding the corneus from view. As can be seen below the corneus are hardly visible.
The only problem now is that I have to resist pulling up all the barley grass as it looks like weeds!