Leather Leaf Sedge
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants
Large group of grasslike, clumping plants found worldwide and grown for foliage effect in borders, rock gardens, containers, and water gardens (flowers are generally insignificant); some are used as lawn substitutes, as large-scale groundcovers, 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 buchananii
From New Zealand. Grows to 3 ft. tall, 2–2 1/2 ft. wide. Curly-tipped, erect blades form a clump of striking reddish bronze. Use with gray foliage or with deep greens.
Clumps of broad, bamboolike leaves support 2–5-ft. flowering stems in summer; they carry showers...
European native for rock gardens or naturalizing. In bulb and leaf, resembles small hyacinth, but 10-i...
From New Zealand. Dense, fine-textured clumps reach 1–1 1/2 ft. high. Narrow, silvery green leav...