Deer Grass makes a softer compact alternative to larger Miscanthus. The grey green blades of this water-wise carefree native (southwestern US) can be used for basketry. Not an aggressive seeder, good for your garden bed as well as for holding a dry bank.
Muhlenbergias are clump-forming grasses. Stems begin to arch outward as summer progresses producing a weeping habit. Narrow purple to yellow spikes rise above the foliage in September/October. Foliage turns buff colored in fall.
Tolerant of drought, heat and poor soils. Can be divided in spring. Does not produce runners. Shear in late winter before new growth appears in spring if desired.