humble sedge known botanically as Carex
provides lots of beauty and environmental benefits to the landscape.
grass-like plants can easily be distinguished from other look-a-likes. As the old saying goes "sedges have edges."
The stem has three sides, making it triangular and unlike the round or flattened
stems of reeds and grasses.
sedges prefer shade and moist to even wet soils, but many tolerate full sun.
Carex to create rhythm in the garden,
helping move your eyes through the garden in a gently flowing pattern.
fine foliage of the sedges create a sense of unity as it's repeated and
intermingled with the various sizes, shapes and colors of the flowers.
Carex as a backdrop to plants with
bolder leaves and flowers or as a focal point in the garden.
The North American Palm sedge (Carex
muskingumensis) provides interesting form and texture in the garden. The leaves on this upright sedge whorl around
the stem, reminiscent of a palm tree.
The variegated cultivar ‘Oehme' has clear yellow borders on the