Ornamental grass. Hah. Ornamental grass is rarely as ornamental as the name implies. My landlady just loves monkey grass and planted it along the sidewalk on both sides. I hate that stuff. I don't think it's attractive, and it looks awful in the winter.
We have a very shady yard, so the only time the monkey grass looks really nice is in the early spring, when the trees are still bare and it gets a lot of sunshine. By midsummer, it's anemic looking.
I want some hosta along the sidewalk. It's a shade loving plant, and looks OK in the winter, since our winters are fairly mild. But I despise the monkey grass.