Answer: Maiden grass is particularly lovely with stately upright shrubs such as the white Diana Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus `Diana`), the soft-gray and purple Harlequin Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii `Harlequin`) and the bronze accent foliage of Sparkle Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii `Sparkle`). It also combines very well with bushy dryland perennials like Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia). If the area is too small for these shrubs, consider dwarf cultivars. For potent color accents, use a combination of the lilac-hued Illini Charm Siberian Iris (Iris sibirica Illini Charm) and the cobalt blue Bennerup Blue Siberian Iris (Iris sibirica Bennerup Blue).
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