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Although it looks like an ornamental grass, most of which need full sun and thrive in hot, dry conditions, clump-forming sedge is completely different. For one thing, it's a sedge, not an ornamental grass. And it prefers shade along with moist soils (making it a great plant to tuck among the hostas).

But like an ornamental grass, sedge has colorful arching foliage, most notably in beautiful glowing yellows, that is evergreen in warm climates and semievergreen in cold areas.

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1 to 3 feet

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'Bowles Golden' tufted sedge
'Bowles Golden' tufted sedge
Carex elata 'Bowles Golden' has slender, bright golden green foliage. Plants form fountains of golden yellow that are 30 inches tall. Zones 5-8
'Fox Red' curly sedge
'Fox Red' curly sedge
Carex buchananii 'Fox Red' has upright, arching bronze foliage that reaches 30 inches tall. Its unique foliage color is an attention-grabber. Zones 5-9
Golden sedge
Golden sedge
Carex elata 'Aurea' lights up dark corners with its yellow-edged bright green leaves. It grows about 2 feet tall. Zones 5-9
Island Brocade sedge
Island Brocade sedge
Carex ciliatomarginata 'Shima-nishiki' (sometimes also called Island Brocade Carex siderosticha), forms a dense groundcover with variegated leaves 6 to 9 inches long. Zones 5-8
Japanese grass sedge
Japanese grass sedge
Carex morrowii forms 18-inch-tall clumps with 1/2-inch-wide glistening green leaves. Zones 5-9
Variegated Japanese grass sedge
Variegated Japanese grass sedge
Carex morrowii 'Variegata' differs from the species in having a broad white stripe down the center of each leaf. Zones 5-9
Variegated Japanese sedge
Variegated Japanese sedge
Carex oshimensis 'Evergold', sometimes called Carex hachijoensis, is a low-growing plant with creamy yellow variegation. It is hardy in Zones 6-9.

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Hosta
This plant hardly grown 40 years ago is now one of the most commonly grown garden plants. But hosta has earned its spot in the hearts of gardeners -- it's among the easiest plants to grow, as long as you have some shade and ample rainfall.Hostas vary from tiny plants suitable for troughs or rock gardens to massive 4-foot clumps with heart-shape leaves almost 2 feet long that can be puckered, wavy-edged, white or green variegated, blue-gray, chartreuse, emerald-edged -- the variations are virtually endless. Hostas in new sizes and touting new foliage features seem to appear each year. This tough, shade-loving perennial, also known as plaintain lily, blooms with white or purplish lavender funnel-shape or flared flowers in summer. Some are intensely fragrant. Hostas are a favorite of slug and deer.
Iris
Named for the Greek goddess of the rainbow, iris indeed comes in a rainbow of colors and in many heights. All have the classic, impossibly intricate flowers. The flowers are constructed with three upright "standard" petals and three drooping "fall" petals, which are often different colors. The falls may be "bearded" or not. Some cultivars bloom a second time in late summer. Some species prefer alkaline soil while others prefer acidic soil.Shown above: Immortality iris
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