Carex–or sedges–are low growing grass look-alikes in the Cyperaceae family that are workhorses in the landscape. Useful for a range of landscape needs–everything from replacing lawns to replacing mulch as groundcover–carex is considered one of the most useful plants in the garden. Rightly so. Check out the following list of uses and characteristics for sedges in the landscape.
- No-mow lawn
- Erosion control
- Rain gardens/Bioretention
- Meadow plantings
- Green Infrastructure
- Deer resistant
- Drought or wet tolerant
- Shade tolerant
Carex’s burgeoning popularity comes from its ability to spread, its semi-evergreen to evergreen characteristic and wide range of textures, colors, and adaptability. While you may not need a rain garden or have space for a meadow planting, many residents of Western North Carolina do need groundcovers that will grow in the shade, especially in areas where erosion is a concern. And, if it comes with a pop of color that doesn’t require mowing, even better. Here are our top five choices. Please ask staff for help in determining which sedge is best suited for your needs.
And just FYI: I am buying all the ‘Golden Bowles’ sedges for my yard since it flooded five times this year with all the rain. The Bowles sedge (pictured above) loves standing water. If you can’t beat them…
Thank you to Hoffman Nurseries for the use of their photographs.
Written by Cinthia Milner, garden coach and blog writer.
B.B.Barns Garden Center serves all of Western North Carolina, upstate South Carolina and Tennessee.