Ground covers, Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants, Perennials
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 morrowii
From Japan. Grows to 1 ft. tall and 1 1/2 ft. wide, with shiny, drooping, medium green leaves. Good edging plant; individual plants are attractive among stones. ‘Goldband’ and ‘Fisher’s Form’ have leaves with creamy yellow margins. Various forms sold as ‘Variegata’ have leaves subtly edged in white. Regular water.
From New Zealand. Dense, fine-textured clumps reach 1–1 1/2 ft. high. Narrow, silvery green leav...
Native to central U.S., this tree grows to 40–60 ft. tall, 20 to 40 ft. wide. Heart-shaped leave...
Native to the Pacific Northwest, these grow to 16 in. tall, producing clusters of dark blue, inch-long...