Two great uses of native grasses are for texture and as a backdrop or border. In the first photo below, grasses of various heights and textures line a sidewalk and walkway.
In the second photo, containers fill a spot under a window on the deck of garden writer Pam Penick of Austin. We often forget about grasses when we walk into a garden center and see all the colorful flowers. But native grasses can save water and add plenty of interest in your lawn or on your patio.
This week on our blog: 5 Uses for Ornamental Grasses.
African violets and other gesneriads make great houseplants. Give most come humidity and light (but not direct sun right by a window) and they will reward you. There are thousands of species and hybrids available for hobby or expert growers.