Texture-Beds and Borders Ornamental grasses add texture to the landscape. Soft, mounding grasses such as fountaingrass look great with plants that have a bolder texture, for example. More upright grasses, such as switchgrass, make great textural counterparts to more mounded plants. Test Garden Tip: Maximize the effect by planting several different grasses in the same landscape. Here fountaingrass and a few varieties of miscanthus look great with black-eyed Susan, lavender, and hydrangea.