Muhlenbergia dumosa Now is a good time to enjoy this unusual breed of muhly grass, because the fall breezes bring it alive. "It has that movement; it's very feathery and fine-textured," Jennifer says. "The movement adds a whole other aesthetic to the garden." Graceful stems grow 4 to 6 feet tall and sport apple-green, wispy foliage. Also referred to as a shrub, the plant gets about 5 feet wide and spreads slowly via runners, so it's easy to control. It likes full sun and moist, well-drained soil, although it's somewhat drought-tolerant. Zebra aloe
Aloe maculate Unlike its better known cousin Aloe vera, prized for sunburn balm, zebra aloe is less about medicine and more about the show. Spotted, spiny leaves produce spikes that can grow 4 to 6 feet tall and produce bright salmon blooms that attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. The plant itself gets about 18 inches tall and 16 inches wide. Like other succulents, it's very drought-tolerant. It thrives in full to partial sun, can handle some salt spray and asks for little to no care. (I have one. I give it absolutely no care.) Plant it in a spot that needs filling, and it will soon spread by producing pups. Dyckia It's one of the most cold-hardy in the bromeliad family. Members of genus dyckia also can take the heat. Best yet, they rival succulents for their seeming obliviousness to thirst. But rather than storing water, like succulents, they survive drought by lapsing into dormancy. There are about 120 varieties, considered perennial shrubs. Most have barbed leaves radiating from a central hub. Foliage colors range from burgundy to silver to tan; the striking blooms are usually orange or yellow. Popular cultivars include "Nickel Silver" (pictured), "Brittle Star," "Silver Dragon" and "Red Devil."