You may recall that Hmm Hakonechloa was something I was pondering for my front lawn just after reading Neil Lucas' fantastic book, Designing With Grasses.
Sorting through my photographs from Seattle, I'm struck that this thought hasn't strayed that far yet. The above example from the Lane garden is just one of many shots I took of this grass and you'll probably be seeing more in later posts.
Seattle may have a similar climate and planting palette as our own - though both Victoria and I were struck by how much higher and lusher our familiar plants were growing - but I'm pretty sure gardeners across the pond are making much more use of grasses than we tend to do (or perhaps I'm more tuned into them nowadays?).
They're effective too - as I hope this quick trawl through some of the gardens we visited and the public planting I found (like the above example from the University Shopping Village right by our hotel) will show...
The meadow's grasses at the Bloedel Reserve added to the day's mood.
The scene in front of the Italian restaurant we dined at close to our hotel in Seattle. Since I've arrived home, I've realised that this might be the first physical example of a rain garden I've seen.
Grasses lighting up this pathway through the Epping garden made the whimsical lamps superfluous at this time of day.
Another grass and whimsy combo - from the Farley garden this time. I could have used glass or whimsy as a common theme to give you a quick garden tour as they're in much evidence in the Pacific Northwest.
Dreamy combinations from the Bellevue Botanic Garden on a very hot afternoon.
Lorene's Stipa shows just what a good see-through 'curtain' it can make when placed at the front of the border.
This looks a good place to lead daddy a merry dance away from the West Seattle Farmers' Market.
Ooh look - another sneak preview of the Olympic Sculpture Park ;)
A sense of humour in a garden is always welcome and the Dragonfly Farms and Nursery didn't disappoint.
And there you have it: a quick tour round most of the gardens we saw - both public and private - whilst we were in Seattle and told in the form(s) of grasses :D