Carex
Carex appalachica (Appalachian Sedge)

Carex appalachica (Appalachian Sedge)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 4-7, at least 6" tall Origin: USA
This superb sedge, native from Quebec south to South Carolina, is a must for shade gardeners. Naturally occurring in dry woodlands, even underneath hemlocks, Carex appalachica is adaptable to almost all garden conditions...except swamps. The very narrow, weeping, mop-top looking deer-resistant foliage makes an airy, 18" wide clump. When used singly or in mass, the textural contrast near bolder elements is simply stunning. If you've been looking for a shady replacement for an unmown lawn or a hairpiece that matches your green thumb, look no further. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05793
$12.00  


Carex dolichostachya 'Kaga nishiki' (Gold Fountain Sedge)

Carex dolichostachya 'Kaga nishiki' (Gold Fountain Sedge)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 5-9 10" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! This selection of Carex dolichostachya var. glaberrima is a delightful easy-to-grow but difficult to pronounce addition to any plant collection, via a Barry Yinger expedition to Japan. This evergreen deer-resistant carex has narrow, dark green leaves with a nice golden border. C. 'Kaga nishiki' forms a delightful small clump, 10" tall x 20" wide, perfect for the rock garden, or perhaps a woodland border...a good grower...striking! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01195
$12.00  


Carex eburnea (Bristle-leaf Sedge)

Carex eburnea (Bristle-leaf Sedge)

Sun to ShadeZone: 2-8, possibly warmer 6" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! Even with a wide native range from NC to the West Coast, this rare native is little-known in gardening circles. Although it naturally occurs on limestone outcrops, it has been fabulous for years in our acid NC soils. The drought-tolerant, 8" wide, symmetrical clumps of soft green needle-like foliage resemble little green porcupines...pettable porcupines. This delightful deer-resistant sedge is great in a woodland or rock garden! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01602
$12.00  


Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger' (Blue Zinger Sedge)

Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger' (Blue Zinger Sedge)

Sun to Part SunZone: 4-8 12" tall Origin: Europe
Open House/Web-Only! (syn: Carex glauca) This recent richly-colored Emerald Coast selection of the European native Carex flacca has wonderfully narrow glaucous blue leaves that make a delightfully wispy-textured, evergreen, deer-resistant groundcover. Although Carex flacca prefers moist alkaline soils, it has proven to be quite adaptable to a wide range of garden conditions and soil types. Carex flacca does spread, but Carex 'Blue Zinger' is much more clump forming than the straight species...similar to Carex 'Ice Dance'. Expect a 2' wide patch in 5 years. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07148
$12.00  


Carex morrowii 'Goldband' (Goldband Japanese Sedge)

Carex morrowii 'Goldband' (Goldband Japanese Sedge)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 5-9 12" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! (syn: Carex 'Gilt', Carex 'Fisher's Form') This is a truly great woodland plant. The stiff leaf blades, to 12" long x 1/2" wide, make an evergreen, rigidly symmetrical clump to 24" wide. The deer resistant foliage is vertically banded white and dark green...much more white than Carex morrowii 'Variegatus' but otherwise, identical in growth habit. Looks great winter and summer! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #00165
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Carex morrowii 'Silk Tassel' (Silk Tassel Sedge)

Carex morrowii 'Silk Tassel' (Silk Tassel Sedge)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 5-9 12" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! Everyone who sees this clumping carex can't leave without it. From a 1970s Barry Yinger expedition to Japan comes this hard-to-find but easy-to-grow selection of Carex morrowii temnolepis v. temnolepis. The 2' wide clump of wispy thread-like deer-resistant foliage is striped white-and-green...giving it a silver sheen in the garden. Imagine a 70 year-old with a mop-top cut that hasn't been introduced to hair color and you get the picture. Carex' Silk Tassel' is great in the woodland garden...either in a mass planting or as a specimen near the garden pond...absolutely outstanding! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01197
$12.00  


Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' (Striped Weeping Sedge)

Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' (Striped Weeping Sedge)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 5-9 10" tall Origin: Japan
(aka: C. morrowii or hachijoensis) This is one of the most beautiful of all the sedges we grow. The narrow foliage, 1/8" wide x 15" long, arches slightly upward, then out to form a 2' wide clump. Each leaf is vividly striped dark green and creamy gold. The dramatic weeping habit (like nurseries when they run out of stock) lends itself to a number of landscape settings...as a woodland border, near a water feature, or used as an eye-catching mass...stunning! As with all sedges, it's highly deer-resistant. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01199
$12.00  


Carex phyllocephala 'Sparkler' (Sparkler Sedge)

Carex phyllocephala 'Sparkler' (Sparkler Sedge)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 7b-10 15" tall Origin: Japan
From Japan comes one of the most attention-drawing plants (cures ADD) in our entire garden (and without flowers). This gorgeous, upright, evergreen deer-resistant sedge resembles a grove of miniature variegated palm trees with cute little whorls of dramatic white-and green-striped foliage atop each of the 12-15" tall stems. This is a real eye-catcher when planted among ferns in the woodland garden...prefers moist-to-normal garden conditions. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #00019
$13.00  


Carex platyphylla (Broad-leaf Silver Sedge)

Carex platyphylla (Broad-leaf Silver Sedge)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 4-8 8" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! In mesic (a region with a well-balanced moisture supply) woodlands from Maine south to Alabama, you can find this amazing native understory sedge, which until recently had been almost non-existent in US gardens. The evergreen 8" tall x 1' wide deer-resistant clumps are composed of 1" wide powder blue pleated leaves. The clumps are topped with insignificant flowers in late spring, but grow this for the textural contrast in the woodland garden. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07924
$12.00  


Carex retroflexa 'Bonnie and Clyde' (Bonnie and Clyde Reflexed Sedge)

Carex retroflexa 'Bonnie and Clyde' (Bonnie and Clyde Reflexed Sedge)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 5-9, guessing 6" tall Origin: USA
NEW! Native from Maine south to Texas, Carex retroflexa (related to C. texensis) can be found in openings of dry deciduous forests. Our particular form is one we collected in 2004 from northern Louisiana's Bienville Parish, where the infamous Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were gunned down in 1934. For us, Carex retroflexa has made a stunning, very fine textured, mop-top form...a nice complement to the bold textures of hostas in open woodland. Each clump forms a 6" tall x 18" wide mound. We have seen a bit of seeding in moist sites which is fine with us. I think you'll really like this great but little known native. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08727
$12.00  


Carex siderosticta 'Lemon Zest' PP 14,463 (Lemon Zest Sedge)

Carex siderosticta 'Lemon Zest' PP 14,463 (Lemon Zest Sedge)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 6-8, possibly colder 6" tall Origin: China
This new carex from Terra Nova began its life as a mutation on a plant of Carex 'Banana Boat'. The result is a 6" tall, slowly spreading groundcover composed of 6-8" long leaves that emerge gold in spring, then change to chartreuse in summer. There are few groundcovers that can brighten a spring woodland garden like Carex 'Lemon Zest'. Although quite drought-tolerant, C. 'Lemon Zest' grows best in moist but well-drained soils. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #06714
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Carex siderosticta 'Variegata' (Striped Broad Leaf Sage)

Carex siderosticta 'Variegata' (Striped Broad Leaf Sage)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 5-8 10" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! Although there have been a number of great new carex introduced over the last decade, this standard still stands the test of time. Carex siderosticta 'Variegata' spreads slowly and non-aggressively to create a sea of green-and-white edged .5" wide x 14" long arching leaves. In 5 years, you can expect a 10" tall x 3' wide deer-resistant patch under average garden conditions. The winter deciduous Carex siderosticta is equally at home in both moist or average garden soils...superb for underplanting shrubs and trees. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01330
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Carex socialis 'Coahoma' (Social Sedge)

Carex socialis 'Coahoma' (Social Sedge)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 5-9 10" tall Origin: USA
NEW! We really love this woodland carex, shared with us by Alabama native plant guru Jan Midgley...originally collected by Charles Bryson in Coahoma Co. Mississippi. Carex socialis is native from Illinois south to Texas, where it can be found in low deciduous woodlands. Carex socialis forms a graceful 10" tall x 2' wide, deer-resistant, slowly expanding patch composed of very narrow green leaves...a superb textural contrast around ferns and hostas. C. socialis has proven to be amazingly drought-tolerant in our trials. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08728
$12.00  


Carex trifida 'Rekohu Sunrise' PPAF (Rekohu Sunrise Sedge)

Carex trifida 'Rekohu Sunrise' PPAF (Rekohu Sunrise Sedge)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 7b-10 18" tall Origin: New Zealand
Open House/Web-Only! Carex 'Rekohu Sunrise' comes to us from Terry & Lindsey Hatch of Joy Plants in New Zealand, where it was discovered as a nursery sport on their native Carex trifida. Rekohu is the indigenous Maori name for nearby Chatham Islands. Carex 'Rekohu Sunrise' makes an open, evergreen, deer-resistant clump to 2' wide x 18" tall, composed of wide, arching green leaves, edged in yellow. In our garden, it has survived 7 degrees F so far. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08825
$12.00  


Carphephorus
Carphephorus paniculatus coll. #A17NC-008 (Hairy Chaffhead)

Carphephorus paniculatus coll. #A17NC-008 (Hairy Chaffhead)

SunZone: 7-9, at least 24" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! (aka: Trilisa paniculata) This little known native (coastal NC south to Florida) member of the aster family forms a flat basal rosette from which the flowering stalk emerges, starting in late spring. In late September, the 2' tall stalk opens like an exploding liatris, revealing a firework-like panicle of purple flowers...simply superb. Our original seed came from NC's coastal Brunswick County where it grew along a seasonally moist sandy roadside. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08441
$15.00  


Caryopteris
Caryopteris divaricata 'Blue Butterflies' (Blue Butterflies Bluebeard)

Caryopteris divaricata 'Blue Butterflies' (Blue Butterflies Bluebeard)

SunZone: 6b-9, at least 72" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! We have been taken with this stunning caryopteris in our trials! The vigorous 6' tall deer-resistant specimen, selected by Japan's Shinri Wakaiki, is topped from August through October with hundreds of small blue flowers that resemble trichostema (blue curls). Well-drained soils are particularly important for good survivability as you move into the more northerly zones...a great summer border plant. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07518
$13.00  


Caryopteris divaricata 'Snow Fairy' (Snow Fairy Bluebeard)

Caryopteris divaricata 'Snow Fairy' (Snow Fairy Bluebeard)

Sun to Part SunZone: 5-9 24" tall Origin: Himalayas    alternate image
Open House/Web-Only! Yes, Virginia, it is a caryopteris. Forget what you know about Caryopteris x clandonensis, as this cousin comes from a distant limb of the family tree. This variegated Japanese selection of the wonderful Himalayan perennial Caryopteris divaricata forms a small, compact clump composed of fuzzy, green, deer-resistant leaves, each surrounded with a bright white border, and smelling amazingly like cat urine when crushed (important safety tip...do not crush leaves). Starting in mid-September, the clumps are topped with delightful "blue curls." This is a real WOW plant that must be seen to be believed. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #04807
$12.00  


Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Lisaura' PP 20,608 (Hint of Gold False Blue Spirea)

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Lisaura' PP 20,608 (Hint of Gold False Blue Spirea)

SunZone: 6-9, guessing 36" tall Origin: Hybrid
NEW! Caryopteris 'Lisaura' is the latest superb introduction from UK nurseryman Peter Catt. This hybrid of C. x clandonensis backcrossed to C. incana has turned out to be the most heat-tolerant of the gold-leaf caryopteris we have trialed. The 1.5"+ wide leaves emerge golden and age to a chartreuse gold, which allows the plant to maintain its vigor. Our 3-year-old deer-resistant clump is 3' tall x 4' wide. The clusters of axillary blue-lavender flowers adorn the terminal growth from summer until fall, nicely accenting the golden foliage. In 2007, Caryopteris 'Lisaura' was awarded the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08842
$12.00  


Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Summer Sorbet' EU (Summer Sorbet Blue Mist Spirea)

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Summer Sorbet' EU (Summer Sorbet Blue Mist Spirea)

SunZone: 6-8 36" tall Origin: China, Japan, Korea    alternate image
Open House/Web-Only! From Peter van Delft of the UK's West End Nursery comes this wonderful mutation of Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Kew Blue'. Caryopteris 'Summer Sorbet' makes a 3' tall x 3' wide deer resistant clump of woody stems, clothed during the growing season with green leaves, each dramatically edged in yellow. In summer, the plants are adorned with spikes of blue flowers. Some of the earlier Caryopteris x clandonensis (Caryopteris mongolica x Caryopteris incana) don't thrive in our climate, but that is not the case with Caryopteris 'Summer Sorbet'. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #06641
$12.00  


Caryopteris x clandonensis 'White Surprise' PPAF (White Surprise False Blue Spirea)

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'White Surprise' PPAF (White Surprise False Blue Spirea)

SunZone: 6-8 36" tall Origin: Hybrid
NEW! One of the most exciting plants from our recent trials is Caryopteris 'White Surprise'. This amazing white-edged sport of Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Heavenly Blue' was discovered in 2005 by Dutch nurseryman, Jan Jacob Bos. For us, Caryopteris 'White Surprise' makes a 3' tall x 3' wide clump of woody stems, each clothed with finger-shaped white-edged green leaves. Starting in summer and continuing into fall, the deer-resistant clumps are adorned with rich, lavender-blue whorls of flowers that look great against the variegated foliage. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08762
$12.00  


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