See-through plants

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See-through plants add movement and depth. Put these in the front or the middle of your bed or border. You want to keep this look simple so that it’s naturalistic, not cluttered, so stick to one type of plant. These look better in groups, or drifts (if you really have some space) rather than dotted around. Here are a few suggestions:

Allium
Eryngium
Fennel
Gaura lindheimeri
Japanese anemone
Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthus)
Red hot poker (Kniphofia uvaria)
Scabious (Knautia macedonica)
Stipa gigantea
Verbena bonariensis

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Plant pairing: kangaroo paw and blue oat grass

kangaroo paw and blue oat grasskangaroo paw and blue oat grass

Blue Oat Grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens) and Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos).  The silver blue of the grass really sets off the orange: exponentially more striking than Kangaroo Paw on its own. Kangaroo Paw likes sun, heat, and drainage. If you’ve got clay, you’ll probably need to amend your soil. It’s supposedly a perennial but mine never make it through our wet bay area winters so I think of it as an annual. A beautiful, irresistible, expensive annual. At least the Blue Oat Grass is easy.