Mixed fountain grasses plus pee gee hydrangea, white echinacea ("White Swan"), plus possibly some oak leaf or Annabelle, plus possibly low white carpet rose. Maybe add Icicle White Veronica or similar. Do Russian sage and grasses near steps.
Vashon Island, WA: Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold') lights up a shadel garden featuring pieris, hellebores and hostas in Froggsong Garden in summer. We love this Hakonechloa for lighting up dry shade.
A perennial ornamental grass, Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' forms a vivid mound of bright yellow leaves with a few slender, green stripes. In deep shade, the variegation is lime green, and in cool conditions it tends to be creamy white.