What’s not to like about an upright, graceful, blue-gray rush that requires little or no maintenance? Juncus patens, the spreading rush, thrives in boggy, poorly drained areas, but also tolerates drought, and can grow in shady or sunny parts of your yard.
Native to coastal riparian areas, bogs and drainage ditches from Tijuana to Tacoma, Juncus patens, can be propagated easily by simply broadcasting seeds, which can be harvested this time of year. No green thumb required.
Perhaps best of all, it’s a perennial that looks fabulous year-round. It competes robustly against weeds and may look shabby in the gutter, but dig it out, put it in a pot, and you’ve got instant, transcendent elegance.
-- Joel Mielke