Soften Hardscaping Whether its walls, paving, or other hardscapes, ornamental grasses can soften their look and keep them from feeling cold and uninviting. Here, for example, a mass of miscanthus softens the concrete edge of a swimming pool. - Garden Chic
Lavender is a flowering plant in the mint family. Its aroma has been shown in human studies "to slow down heart rate, slow blood pressure and put you in a parasympathetic state, which is a relaxed state," says University of Miami School of Medicine scientist Tiffany Field, who has studied the effects of lavender on relaxation and sleep.