When the goal is to create a stunning, naturalized, perennial garden that requires less and less work every year to maintain as plants fill in by reseeding, spreading, and being split and propagated, adding perennial grasses to your cottagecore garden can not only help fill in and soften spaces between your flowers and shrubs and trees, but grasses like the Red Baron Blood Grass can also give you more color to add even more interest to your garden.

Here is a list of companion plants that will pair well with such a bold and vigorously growing perennial grass and add even more beauty to your perennial garden while also attracting hummingbirds, bees, and birds.

1. Blue Arrows Rush (Juncus inflexus)

When you’re wanting a wonderful combination of grassy plants that will do well around a pond…or not… it is hard to pass up the Blue Arrows Rush and add it, and your Japanese Blood Grass to the edge of a pond. These grassy plants will grow around and through each other, giving you a soft mashing of blueish green and the fiery red tips of the Japanese Blood Grass.

The Blue Arrows Rush will also continue to give you a touch of red coloring throughout the winter when Blood Grass and other perennials have gone into dormancy as the base of the Blue Arrows Rush tends to hold onto its red hue long after other plants have gone to sleep for the winter.

2. Red Alligator Thalia

As Blood Grass grows very well in moist soils, planting it around a pond is a wonderful setting for its robust roots and bright coloring. Because Blood Grass is not a pond plant, it will not grow into the water’s edge, which is where the beautiful Red Alligator Thalia will continue the theme of red and soften the edge of your natural pond with a punch of color.

3. October Glory Maple Tree

October Glory Maple Trees grow to be quite large, but with some regular trimming, make excellent companion plants for other plants with red or orange coloring, including Blood Grass. In fact, your October Glory Maple will continue to give off a lovely red color even after your Blood Grass has gone dormant for the winter, giving you a garden pairing with year round appeal.

4. Lion’s Head Japanese Maple Tree

The Lion’s Head Japanese Maple becomes a rather large sort of Japanese Maple given enough time and has a natural reddish hue to it come fall that will make it an excellent companion for Japanese Blood Grass. Allowed to naturalize and spread, Blood Grass will keep up with the growth of your Japanese Maple Tree, making sure you always have some Blood Grass growing out in the sun where it can escape the shade of the Japanese Maple as Blood Grass produces its best color when given adequate sunlight. Don’t let that stop you from planting a wide ring of Blood Grass around your Japanese Maple Tree to give it a fiery field for the summer months.

5. Camellias

Set-off your evergreen Camellias with the glowing Red Baron Japanese Blood Grass. Imagine the exquisite beauty of pairing this glowing, red grass with equally red, flowering camellia bushes. This is an excellent pairing when you’re looking for plants to naturalize in a perennial garden.

6. Blood Lilies

For when you need a flower that packs as much of a colorful punch as the Red Baron Blood Grass, it is hard to go wrong with Blood Lilies, unless you live in a climate that has harsh winters. For companion planting with Blood Grass, this still presents the opportunity to grow this beautiful, ball-shaped flower– reminscent of alliums but in a bright red–just pot it up in a container and bring it inside for the winter. It is also possible to dig them up in fall and store them as bulbs to replant in a field of Blood Grass come spring.

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