Experts and BHG readers answer.
Are sedges good plants for shady, poorly drained sites in my yard?
Most sedges (Carex) tolerate wet soils, though some prefer well-drained sites. Most will also grow well in partial (not dense) shade. Here are some to consider. Bowles Golden sedge (C. elata ‘Bowles Golden’), Zones 5-9, has golden yellow foliage. Palm sedge (C. muskingumensis), Zones 4-9, develops whorls of green foliage on plants 2 feet tall. Tussock sedge (C. stricta), Zones 4-8, grows in standing water. It prefers sun over shade. Variegated silver sedge (C. morrowii), Zones 5-9, has silver margins on medium green leaves. ’Goldband’ is a variety with gold-edged foliage.