I'm open-minded about growing any grass that I don't have to worry about mowing or performing any other excessive maintenance on. I haven't tried a ton of ornamental grasses yet but plan on planting more and more types as time goes by. One that I have tried is Hakone grass. Not much worry about maintenance here. As Marie Iannotti, About's Gardening Guide, relates in her article, Hakone grass is a "clump forming grass that grows excruciatingly slowly." That's my kind of torment!
The only aspect of growing Hakone grass that seems a bit tricky is getting the lighting right. Hakone grass is supposed to have gold leaves with green stripes. But according to Marie, three things can go wrong with this scenario:
- With too much sun in hot regions, "the leaves can bleach out to a pale yellow."
- "But it can lose its stripes in partial shade, becoming all gold...."
- Finally, "it turns a lime green in full shade."
Believe me, though, it's still worthwhile to give this chameleon a try. At worst, you might have to experiment a bit until I get the lighting right for Hakone grass. It beats mowing any day!