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Broad-Leaved Sedge Keep your shade garden green all year with this fun little sedge that stays blueish-green over the winter!

Broad-Leaved Sedge (Carex platyphylla) is truly an undervalued sedge that is ideal for use in perennial/mixed boarders.  Carex platyphylla forms in clumps with a frosty blue colour that spreads slowly to form a beautifully textured groundcover that thrives in moist or average soils.  This species will even perform well in dry shade once it is established.  Other common names for this species include Blue Sedge and Silver Sedge.

Carex platyphylla is excellent to use for erosion control, winter interest, and are appropriate for deer resistant and low maintenance plantings, or rock gardens.  Other native plants that complement Carex platyphylla include:

In the Spring, be sure to prune back old leaves to make way for greenish, white, scaly flower spikes that are displayed above the foliage.

 

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February days can have you feeling dull and grey.  Luckily, there are a number of great native plants that can offer you a splash of colour to help cure your winter blahs.  Here are a few of our favourites:

  1. Carex platyphylla – BlBlue Sedgeue Sedge

Keep your shade garden green all year with this fun little sedge. It forms low mounds of bluish green leaves that over-winter, followed by a flush of tiny yellow florets, and bright turquois new leaves in the early spring. Best in dry-medium shade/part shade

  1. Winterberry HollyIlex verticillata – Winterberry Holly

Holly will liven up your winter garden, feeding birds, and adding a burst of red while the berries last. A mature holly can be selectively pruned to provide berry branches to make your own festive decorations!

  1. American SycamorePlatanus occidentalis – American Sycamore

American Sycamore is a cousin of the exotic hybrid London Plane Tree, and shares its characteristic plated, pale bard, peeling off in multi-colored sections, resembling a puzzle or topographical map.

  1. RoundHeaded BushcloverLespedeza capitata Round-Headed Bushclover

During the summer, this native legume is working hard, fixing soil nitrogen, and feeding solitary bees. In the winter the soft, fuzzy seed heads sway in the wind, on top-heavy stems like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, flinging their seeds one by one. If nothing else, they will make your winter garden a more bizzare and amusing place

  1. Staghorn SumacRhus typhina – Staghorn Sumac

Sumacs need space to realize their true potential. Their widely spreading and colonizing habit make appear architecturally designed, especially in winter when the branches are bare. Sumac berries are a staple mid-winter food for many large birds and small mammals.

6.  Red CedarJuniperus virginiana – Red Cedar

This slender evergreen tree will take some of the harshest upland growing conditions. Red Cedar tolerates drying winter winds, and summer drought. In early winter, its berries are a favorite of Cedar Waxwings, and other songbirds. Planting in staggered rows can provide an ideal wind-break and snow-fence.

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