We’re big on these small grasses!
Kilkenny, Ireland is a destination city, famed for arts, crafts, music festivals, ancient castles -- and modern Carex! The breeders at Fitzgerald Nursery have struck Celtic gold with this great group of sedges. Pat Fitzgerald has selected some nifty variations and variegations of this versatile, sturdy genus. He describes his creations as “colorful, multifunctional and easy”.
These well-behaved sedges form sturdy, compact, uniform mounds of glossy green arching leaf blades in a range of easy-to-use sizes and colors. Heights range from a cute 12” to a bold but manageable 19”. One variety, ‘Everillo’, has solid-color blades; the others are striped. All are robust growers, and evergreen in all but the harshest winters.
Flowers are subtle and inconspicuous. On the oshimensis types, flowers become interesting bristle-brush seed heads.
Hardy in Zones 6-9, EverColor grasses are made for the shade but will tolerate some sun. They’re excellent, low-maintenance candidates for containers, edging or ground cover. And they’re happiest in moist (not soggy) but well-drained soil.
Carex oshimensis ‘Everest’ (‘CarFit01’) PP20955 - Shapely emerald blades edged in pristine white
Carex morrowii ‘Everglow’ PP30466 - Emerald green centers are bordered by prominent orange margins in autumn.
‘Carex oshimensis ‘Everillo’ PP21002 - Blades emerge lime green, then turn golden yellow. A fuss-free winner in a wide range of climates.
‘Carex oshimensis ‘Everlime’ PP25622 - A tropical twist of deep green blades framed in bright, citrusy lime-green margins. Make it a double!
Carex oshimensis ‘Everoro’ PP23406 - Irish green surrounds Spanish gold in a graceful cascade of gleaming stripes. Excellent form and vigor – very decorative in border or container.
Carex oshimensis 'Eversheen’ PP25938 - Arching blades feature a bright broad central beam of lime yellow, surrounded by deep green borders.