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A colorful dress is not necessarily beautiful. A simple dress in subtle tones, on the other hand, can be incredibly graceful and elegant if it is well cut. Also, sedges (Carex) rely on elegant understatement - reserved, but not shy. Rather confidently resting in the certainty that successful plant combinations in the shade without their characteristic leaf shapes are difficult to imagine. Sedges are not only pleasant soothing spots in flowering perennial beds, they are also great structural elements for arrangements in containers - especially in autumn, when the dwindling blooms of summer leaves more room for tasteful leaf contrasts.
Autumn magic with sedge: Autumn cyclamen (Cyclamen hederifolium) and heather flank a gold rim sedge (Carex morrowii 'Aureovariegata')
Sedges are extremely adaptable
Particularly fascinating is the adaptability of the sedges, which are widespread all over the world - and how they manage to clearly differentiate themselves despite their similarity. Sedges are available for almost all locations and in a variety of shades of green from bright yellow green to rich dark green. In the garden, species with exceptional flower and fruit stalks are particularly appealing, such as the palm-leaf sedge (Carex muskingumensis) or the morning-star sedge (Carex grayi). Even with a single sedge of these two species as a container plant creates an unusual eye-catcher on the terrace or balcony. On the other hand, reddish-brown and bronze-colored species such as the fox-red sedge (Carex buchananii) and the red dwarf sedge (Carex berggrenii), when staged in modern containers in stainless steel or concrete optics, seem downright sophisticated.
The stalks of the Japanese sedge (Carex morrowii) from the classic autumn planting show off cheekily and give it new impetus
A touch of gold on the balcony
Otherwise, for pots and tubs especially compact varieties are recommended with striking leaf pattern, which are also attractive in winter. Examples include the white-edge sedge (Carex morrowii 'Variegata') and the golden-edge Japanese sedge (Carex morrowii 'Aureovariegata') - or the Japan-gold sedge (Carex oshimensis 'evergold'), whose pale yellow leaves by a particularly sharply set off sharp green edge. All three are extremely robust and easily survive minus degrees, provided that the pot is not too small and occasionally pours on frost-free days. Especially the broad leaves of 'Evergold' shine in winter quite fantastic. Because sedges, especially winter and evergreens, are very robust and enduring, they are perfect for year-round beautiful plant combinations that can bring many years of enjoyment. Perfect for terrace and balcony owners with little time. But plan on both other leaf ornamental plants as well as flowers and fruit-carrying species. For example, purple bells (Heuchera), peat myrtles (Gaultheria mucronata or Gaultheria procumbens) and - as winter bloomers - Christmas roses (Helleborus niger) are very suitable for a Japan Gold sedge. For the spring aspect you simply put a few flower bulbs in the ground between the plants.
Start of the autumn festival: The leaves of the foxred sedge (Carex buchananii) form the lively background for the tightly upright flower shoots of heather and the shiny leaves and berries of the partridge (Gaultheria procumbens)
Care tips for sedges in planters
Sedges are a basic element for trays and boxes - they accompany many different seasonal plants with seasonal differences. Finally, the grateful grasses preserve their elegant appearance with a minimum of care for many years. The selected potting soil for the vessel planting should have a high humus content, so that it does not dry out too quickly. Fertilizer can be avoided thanks to the humus-containing substrate. Only from the second year, you should distribute a few handful of horn chips between the plants and carefully work into the soil each spring release. Deciduous sedges, whose leaves change color in the autumn, are not cut back until three centimeters in February, so that the leaf structures in the planter remain intact throughout the winter. For example, onion bulbs divert attention away from short hair. Evergreen sedges do not have to be cut at all - here it is completely sufficient to comb the leaf head a few times by hand to remove the loose and dry leaves and stalks. Wear it but because of the cutting edges of the leaf necessarily thick rubber gloves.