Grasses occur naturally in every situation from sun to shade and moist to dry. Our native woodland sedges offer a quiet beauty or in the case of the bur sedge, dramatic seed heads. Sedge (Carex) likes to be in some shade and a bit of moisture. For full sun, Japanese silver grass (Miscanthus) offers plenty of punch, but be prepared for it to spread sometimes.
Illinois is the Prairie State, and while our pockets of remaining prairie are slight, I think we still long for that view of endless grass. I'm a fifth generation flatlander, so I love the open sky overhead and being able to see the next county from the slight rise of glacial moraine. Our native prairie grasses can be more than six feet tall like big bluestem or more dainty like little bluestem.
If you have a corner that needs softening, ornamental grasses just might be the low maintenance solution.
Miscanthus in fall glory.