Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionAlso known as Seersucker Sedge, the Plantain Leaved Sedge is an ornamental woodland sedge with wide, bright green leaves. Showy flower spikes on purple stems arise in spring, floating above the low-growing foliage. This somewhat evergreen sedge is great for boarders, along a woodland trail, or in a low-shade garden! This grass-like, tufted ground cover is striking when used as an edger, accent or massed with shade garden staples, and attracts pollinators while being deer resistant.
Native to most of eastern North America, from New Brunswick to Georgia, west to Minnesota, and Iowa the Seersucker Sedge is actually considered rare and endangered. Great companion plants to hostas, most carex perform their best when grown in a moist location, although they are somewhat tolerant of neglect and resistant to deer.DetailsBotanical name: Carex plantaginea Common name: Seersucker Sedge, Plantain Leaved Sedge Zone: 4-8 Sun exposure: Shade (< 4 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 8”-24” x 12”-24” Flower color: Purple-brown Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Year round Bloom time: Spring Features: Native, suitable for slopes, heat tolerant, ground covers, dry soils, drought tolerant, container plants, cold tolerant. Uses: Lawn substitute, container plant, edging, erosion control, ground cover, massing, rain garden, slopes, small spaces, underplanting, waterside, woodland.How To GrowSoil: Good drainage is a must, especially in shaded areas. Light: Partial sun, shade. Water: Low, average. Spacing: 12”-24” apart Fertilizing: Apply a granular slow-release fertilizer with a balanced formula to the soil that surrounds the base. Winterizing: No extra care needed. Maintenance & pruning: Shear the foliage down to about 1 inch in mid-February to early March. If you wait too long to trim the sedge, you'll cut off the early-rising flowers, too.
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It was difficult for me to fond plantain-leaf sedge so I was thrilled when I found them at Great Garden Plants. They arrived very healthy and more mature than I had expected. They're thriving in my garden!
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