Large group of grasslike, clumping plants found worldwide and grown for foliage effect in borders, rock gardens, containers, water gardens (flowers are generally insignificant); some are used as lawn substitutes, as large-scale ground covers, or for erosion control. Long, narrow evergreen leaves are often striped or oddly colored. Specialists offer many varieties. Although characteristically found in damp soils, many sedges will grow under relatively dry conditions in cultivation. Many are short lived in gardens so are used as annuals.Carex texensis
Southwesternnative. Fine-textured, mat-formingsedge to 4–6 in. high.Medium green, drooping leavesform a wavy carpet dotted bylax flowering stems. Excellentsmall-scale lawn substitute orgroundcover; often used inmeadow mixes. Trim to removeseed heads. Needs partial tofull shade and regular water.
South African native forms a clump 3–5 in. high, slowly spreading to 15–18 in. wide. Spiky...
Grows 1 1/2-2 ft. high and 2-3 ft. wide. Bright blue blossoms.
Native to China. Large leaves and exotic-looking flowers give a tropical effect. The tree grows quickl...