I spent a bit of time the other day playing around with a new dried grass we've added to our line up - Phalaris, which has attractive oval seed heads set atop wiry stems. As with all new products, although we really like it, it has "probationary" status - we're waiting to get a good sense of how popular it is among the folks that count (you!), before we add it to the permanent selection.
We ship Phalaris tied in the middle with raffia - simply remove it from the package and give it a twist for a nice free-standing display...
...or untie the bundle and drop it into a vase.
In this display we combined it with Cockscomb - it's all about the contrast.
I made a quick and easy "harvest centerpiece" with one bundle of Phalaris and one bundle of Golden Wheat. I held the bundle of Golden Wheat in one hand, and added in about a quarter of a bundle of Phalaris every 90 degrees. Then I gave the bundle a twist, did some final fussing, tied it with a bow and trimmed the base flat so it could stand on its own.
Here I accented a display of Dried Lavender with a few stems of Phalaris and some Golden Wheat.