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Regional Picks: Color in the Shade – Northeast

Fine Gardening - Issue 147



‘Oehme’ palm sedge (Carex muskingumensis ‘Oehme’)

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8

Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and spreading

Conditions: Partial shade; prefers moist, rich soil or wet clay

With its yellow-trimmed foliage, ‘Oehme’ is truly the palm sedge with an edge. I love this species for its tropical feel and cascading texture. This North American native prefers a damp spot but tolerates many growing conditions. It’s attractive to butterflies and birds but is usually unappealing to deer. Use ‘Oehme’ to brighten a shady bed or as an ornamental approach to erosion control on a stream bank.


Japanese wood poppy (Glaucidium palmatum and cvs.)

Zones: 4 to 7

Size: Up to 18 inches tall and wide

Conditions: Partial shade; prefers moist, humus soil

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