Carex is a wide range of garden grasses, (actually sedges and not proper grasses) ranging in shape from ground hugging, through trailing and then upright. So it will be seen that it is very important to know exactly which Carex you want!
The images below show three different types of colourful foliage growth that are to be found in the Carex Ornamental Grasses. The Carex group of grasses is also blessed with a good colour range to the foliage. Green, Golden variegated, Silver variegated and bronze.
Carex are one of the sedge group of grasses, and as that implies, they are quite happy in damp conditions. That is not to say that Carex are happy when waterlogged.
A good moist fertile soil will be the best environment, but they will also grow in normal conditions if not allowed to dry out. The evergreens in this group - Carex Evergold and Carex comans - are the best for non-moist soils, and in particular for growing in patio pots and containers.
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Carex hachijoensis Evergold
Evergreen grass with light green and gold stripes the length
of the arching but compact leaves. It forms a colourful low
mound - no more than 10in tall (25cm) and spread of around 12in
(30cm). Carex Evergold has a compact habit of growth and the
foliage forms a dense arching mound. This grass is well suited
to growing in containers - providing colour in the patio pots
for 12 months of the year. It will also suit
window boxes and even hanging baskets.
For garden use, it can be planted at front of herbaceous perennials or shrub border. It prefers a sunny aspect, but will also hold colour of foliage well in dappled shade.