A Pair of Favorites

a froth of Muhlenbergia capillaris Regal Mist with miniature roses

Sometimes a pairing of flowers makes more than the sum of the two.  The combination of Muhlenbergia capillaris "Regal Mist" with miniature roses is very much to my liking.  The two are delightful, each by itself; but the colors and textures do make a unique grouping.  Perhaps there's no harm in a little kitsch?

close-up: lavender miniature rose (Kordes) with Muhlenbergia Regal Mist

The Muhly grass was a very early addition to the garden, so it has had time to grow into quite a respectable clump.  After a somewhat disappointing bloom season last year, it looks like an exuberant flowering this year, and the color is excellent - a soft lavender-pink that blends perfectly with the color scheme of the South Border.

Muhlenbergia capillaris Regal Mist

The lavender mini rose has likewise been here through a couple of seasons and is now hip-high (admittedly I am short)!   With compost, mulch, and the occasional shot of Miracle Gro, it repeats very rapidly, almost without a break.  It is a very heavy bloomer in pleasant weather and has been disease-free.

lavender miniature rose

It is one of two Kordes miniature roses, both very vigorous, which I've bought in the garden center rather than as gift plants, though they were certainly grown for the potted plant trade, not the garden.  For all that, both are superb garden performers here in the desert.  And beautiful.

lavender miniature rose (Kordes)

This post is late as other gardening issues have taken precedence: battle has been finally opened against the giant tumbleweeds infesting the area over our septic lines.  It's not too hard to clear weeds that are designed to loose easily from the soil; disposing of them has been the chief difficulty as I am too nervous about fires to try burning, the favored method in this neighborhood.  


Anyway, hopefully Loree won't object to my very late link to her monthly favorites selections, as this was intended for my October favorites post.

lavender miniature rose with Muhlenbergia Regal Mist

Weather Diary: Sunny; High: 90 F (32 C)/Low: 57 F (14 C); Humidity: 8%-45%

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Comments: 4
  • #1

    Loree / danger garden (Sunday, 29 October 2017 12:59)

    A beautiful combination! And actually you've given me a little spark to work on for maybe continuing with my monthly favorites, I could morph it into a single favorite combination...

  • #2

    Kris P (Sunday, 29 October 2017 15:16)

    I was envious of the muhly grass and then you mentioned hip-high miniature roses and that pushed the envy meter up to a whole new level! I'd thought that Muhlenbergia wouldn't grow here but then I saw a local street median full of it so now I need to find a spot to try some.

  • #3

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 31 October 2017 01:36)

    Loree - That sounds like fun. I really intended to post the Muhlenbergia by itself, but the garden was telling me to post the two together. ;-) One nice thing about the garden having filled out a bit now...

  • #4

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 31 October 2017 01:39)

    Kris - Some Muhlenbergias are used in street plantings even here; it's a tough one, for all it has such a fine texture. It will need a fair amount of room, but mine hasn't gotten nearly as enormous as Pennisetum rubrum. I'm trying to decide when best to dig and divide the latter...