Answer: If the planting area faces north, it's doubtful the site will receive the direct sunshine your dwarf maiden grass requires. The plants will not thrive in a north-facing bed.
There are a surprising number of shade tolerant/loving grasses, if you really want to plant ornamental grasses near the foundation of your house. I especially like the woodrushes (Luzula spp.) which make an excellent groundcover for woodsy environments. Spodiopogon sibiricus is a medium height grass that thrives in shade. Brachypodium sylvaticum is another possibility. One grass that is always suggested for shade is Chasmanthium latifolium. One of my favorite grasses for massing is Deschampsia caespitosa, although it does best with at least some sun or at least bright shade. And don't forget the Hakone grasses(Hakonechloa sp.)
Hope one of these suggestions will make an acceptable substitute for the dwarf maiden grass!
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