Paul's New Plants
Master gardener Paul James shares his new plants with us: what they are, if they are good for your zone and where in your garden they would be happiest to grow.
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Filed under: Ornamental Grass, Foliage Plants, Garden Zone 4, Garden Zone 5, Garden Zone 6, Garden Zone 7
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Known botanically as Carex phyllocephala 'Sparkler', this new grassy selection is more commonly called Sparkler sedge. Its white-tinged foliage helps brighten up a shady garden. Hardy in USDA Zones 7 to 10, it tolerates temperatures down to about 0 degrees F. While it does best in shade — even full shade — it can tolerate at least a half day of sun provided the soil remains evenly moist. Sparkler sedge grows to about 2 feet tall and wide, with the foliage branching out from a central point.
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