instead of leaving the unused space in front of our house nearest the road (house is set back really far too much area for grass) we did rows of wildflower"ish" perennials. It would look more groomed and intentional than just prairie wildflowers.
Golden Japanese Forest Grass - I really cannot get over Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola', zones 5 to My favorite is the variegated variety. I planted mine under a Japanese maple, and the contrast was genius and it has so much movement.
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'Finally, an ornamental grass that thrives in the shade! The lime-and-white variegated foliage of the Japanese forest grass cascades beautifully at the edge of a flower bed in the darkest corners of your garden.