Well, if you recall, the planting bed between the house and front walkway was a row of beautiful bronze flax. Flax is super hardy in our climate but somehow I have a knack for killing it. I think the bed, too, had a little to do with it - poor drainage (one side is really wet while the other is really dry) and a fair amount of shade made for bad growing conditions. We had a bout of powdery mildew which killed a number of the flax and then my parents transplanted the last few survivorsin the hopes they will thrive elsewhere. So now we have this sad long empty bed and a big swath of blank wall on the front of the house.
horse tail reed. It works well in places with poor drainage. It tends to spread a bit but being hemmed in by the walkway will help that. Monrovia suggests it combined with the bronze of Pink Spice Cranesbill Geranium which I think is a nice idea. Cross your fingers that it works and let's hope that the in laws are willing to get their hands dirty when they come to town :)