This is an easy to grow family of evergreen Grasses, they are particularly useful as evergreen ground cover and will take full sun or partial shade. While they grow in any good well drained and fertile soil, many will also thrive in poorly drained and less hospitable situations and as they need hardly any maintenance they can be a great choice for low maintenance gardening.
All Carex look great mixed with other grasses of different forms and colours and they are perfect to mix in with the hot colours of a herbaceous border or to soften the edge of a paved area where there floaty foliage can be allowed to spill over. All varieties of Carex are great for containers, whether you grow them on their own or mix them with other flowering or foliage plants, you are assured of an easy to grow container that will look good all year round.
Carex is an evergreen grass, they need very little maintenance other than a ‘comb’ through the old foliage removing dead leaves in late winter before growth begins again in Spring.
How to grow Carex
Position: Sun or partial shade.
Foliage: Evergreen grass, foliage stays all year.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil, poorly drained and damp soil
Flowering time: Summer
Growth rate: Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: Up to 60cm x 60cm
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Tidy up plants in late winter by removing old and dead growth before the new foliage emerges in Spring.