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Evergold Variegated Sedge
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    Evergold Variegated Sedge

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    Growing Zones: 5-9
    Growing Zones: 5-9
    Mature Height: 6-12 in.
    Mature Width: 12-18 in.
    Sunlight: Partial
    Spacing: 12-18 in.
    Botanical: Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’
    Cannot Ship to: AZ

    Color, Texture, and Versatility All Rolled Into One


    Some landscape plants have the ability to enhance other plants and complement nearby garden structures while also looking beautiful on their own. Evergold Variegated Sedge (Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’) is one of these plants. It adds a stylish finishing touch that bumps up your garden design to the next level – a little like pairing a designer accessory to the perfect outfit. The outfit (garden) is beautiful by itself, but the accessory (Evergold Variegated Sedge) simply makes the outfit. So if you want to accessorize your garden by fine-tuning its already beautiful look, add touches of Evergold Variegated Sedge in just the right places!

    Golden Striped Leaves
    You can shake things up in your landscape simply by adding variegated-leaf plants. A departure from the monochromatic green color scheme found in most landscapes, variegation adds brightness and vibrancy to make your garden come alive. Evergold Variegated Sedge has graceful, arching foliage that features a prominent brilliant-yellow stripe down the center of its dark-green leaves. The foliage becomes thicker as Evergold grows into a densely mounded clump that typically reaches 2 feet in diameter. Each narrow leaf is only 1/8-inch wide but 15 inches long, cascading gently to the ground with a weeping habit. If you live in a mild winter area, such as the sunny South, Evergold Variegated Sedge will be evergreen. But if you live in the northernmost regions of its perennial range across USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5 through 9, you may see some of the foliage persist through a mild winter while some of it dies back.

    An Ornamental Grass, Not a Turf Grass
    Sedges are grasslike plants that are a little different from the grass that makes up your lawn – they’re classified as ornamental grasses, not turf grasses. Think of turf grasses as “utilitarian” and ornamental grasses as “decorative.” With that in mind, Evergold Variegated Sedge is certainly an exciting new decoration to dress your landscape!

    Low-Maintenance Groundcover
    Most turf grasses struggle to grow in shady areas. But Evergold Variegated Sedge is a grassy option for shaded spots, such as underneath trees. You won’t ever have to mow it, which is a huge plus, and the light golden-yellow stripe down the center of its leaves brightens any shady nook. Sedges grow best in moist soil, but mulching around them will help conserve the soil moisture. For maximum impact, use many Evergold Variegated Sedge plants for a massed planting.

    An Exceptional Edging Plant
    You’ve seen other grassy plants that line sunny sidewalks and paths, but Evergold Variegated Sedge is much better for planting along shadier walkways. It typically grows no taller than 12 inches, which is the perfect edging height, and its spreading habit fills in the spaces between plants to form a continuous border. And when we say “spreading habit,” we don’t mean invasive. Evergold spreads slowly by modified stems called rhizomes, which grow at or just below the soil’s surface. If you don’t have an edging plant already growing along your shady sidewalk or garden path, you’ll be amazed at the “finished” look you’ll create by adding Evergold Variegated Sedge to define your walkway!

    A Plant for Your Woodland Garden
    If you have a woodland garden, even if it’s just a small area in your landscape, you can immediately increase its appeal. Cluster Evergold Variegated Sedge in groups of three to design a colorful and textural plant display. You can also use it to outline your woodland garden, which creates a garden space with definition. Fill in this garden with other shade-loving plants, such as native ferns, or flowering annuals that provide color, such as impatiens. Apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch around all your plants, extending beyond the Evergold Variegated Sedge border, to help the soil stay moist.

    Erosion Control on Shady Slopes
    Because of Evergold’s rhizomes, which grow in a dense clump, you can use this plant to help keep the soil from eroding on slopes. Other types of plants, which have fibrous root systems, may have a hard time becoming established on a hill, but rhizomatous plants often grab hold of slopes better. As long as the soil stays fairly moist on the slope, Evergold will do just fine. And if you have a terraced yard, Evergold Variegated Sedge is a fabulous choice for planting at the top of each terraced tier. Its soft, fountain-like foliage softens the look of wooden or stone retaining walls.

    One of the Best Plants for a Rain Garden
    If you have a low-lying or slowly draining site in your yard where other plants won’t grow, or if the ground beside your patio or downspouts becomes flooded after a heavy rain, those are sites where you want to plant a rain garden. We’re not talking about a bog garden, where the soil stays soggy all the time or an area where standing water remains a long time after it rains. A “rain garden” works with the layout of your landscape in a way that you can use the surplus rainwater that runs off impervious surfaces, such as beside your patio or walkway, or washes out of downspouts to a small depression in your landscape. The plants you use in your rain garden detain the water from running off into storm drains. This helps to mitigate erosion, which would otherwise wash away valuable topsoil that ultimately ends up polluting our waterways. Sedges are one of the best types of plants to use in a rain garden, and Evergold Variegated Sedge is one of the prettiest!

    Superior Tolerance to Average Garden Soil
    Even though sedges have a fondness for moist soil, Evergold Variegated Sedge has a higher tolerance for average garden soil than other types of sedges. You still can’t go wrong with growing it on moist soil, but you can also grow Evergold alongside other plants that don’t have a high water requirement. If your climate hits a period of drought, you’ll want to keep Evergold Variegated Sedge watered … just as you’ll do for all your landscape plants.

    Versatile Container Plant
    Evergold Variegated Sedge is a dynamic complementary plant in mixed container combinations. It works either as a “filler” plant or as a “spiller” plant because of its growth habit. The arching foliage cascades over the sides of your favorite pot and the mounded form fills in around your taller “thriller” plants. Another container idea that adds a lovely touch to your patio is to plant individual Evergold Variegated Sedge plants as standalone specimens – one per pot – and using the potted plants to outline the edges of your patio. If you have a shady deck, pot several Evergolds in a row planter that you install on your deck railing. For a lush and full window-box design, tuck Evergold Variegated Sedge in window boxes to add fullness and softness as a complement to colorful flowering plants.

    Best Foliage Color is in Partial Shade
    If you grow Evergold Variegated Sedge in deep shade, it will likely begin to decline. Striking the balance between partial shade and some sun is the sweet spot for this plant. Its leaves are fully developed and more colorful in partial shade, but it may suffer with too much direct sun. Like many other variegated plants, the sun’s rays can actually cause the leaves to burn. Optimally, find a growing spot where it receives some sun in the morning and partial shade/filtered sunlight during the afternoon.

    No Insects, No Diseases, and No Deer
    Evergold Variegated Sedge is refreshingly insect-, disease-, and deer-resistant. We can’t imagine why these pests don’t care for this plant, because we love it! But we don’t make the rules; we just enjoy them. And so will you when you grow this adaptable and trouble-free plant.

    Pruning and Fertilizing Tips
    If you give your Evergold Variegated Sedge plants a little haircut each year, its foliage will quickly re-grow and look vibrant all season long. The best time to cut your plants back is in late winter to early spring, right before the new leaves begin to appear. You can prune them back all the way to the ground, or you can trim them back by one-third of their top growth – whichever method you prefer. And you don’t have to do any pruning at all . If you leave the old foliage, it will be pushed out of the way by the new leaves. Trimming just makes them look a bit neater! Keep fertilized applied at a minimum, because Evergold Variegated Sedge is sensitive to too much fertilizer. A slow-release fertilizer, applied at half the recommended rate once in springtime, is all you need!



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