26 February 2012
The Beauty of the Sedge
We've found the sedge, specifically Carex retroflexa var. texensis, to be fantastic in our garden as an evergreen, shade tolerant and low water groundcover. We've used it in the back and the front to provide an undulating carpet of green throughout the year. In early spring, it blooms. You can see the fuzzy little spikes of flowers in the image above and just below.
Here in the back, it carpets an area near the growing live oak, and shares space with heartleaf skullcap (the grey foliage to the right) and Gulf penstemon (growing in the foreground).
Bodi enjoys a bone in his little sedge hollow (he always retreats there with his toys and bones). That's cut-leaf daisy growing in the front, which will be blooming bright yellow soon enough!
We like sedge so much that we're planting it again, this time to cover a back area where we recently ripped out the very last of anything resembling a lawn. These little plants will hopefully be lush and full in just a year or so, and require very little extra water.
For anyone interested in planting sedges, they will need water if they get nailed by full sun. But even then, we've found that to be pretty minimal compared to a traditional lawn, say. Sedges grow in woodlands all over this country and there are many local natives to choose from wherever you live.