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Regional Picks: Variegated Plants for Shade—Southern Plains

Fine Gardening - Issue 194
Photo: millettephotomedia.com

1. ‘Eversheen’ Japanese Sedge

Name: Carex oshimensis ‘Eversheen’

Zones: 5–9

Size: 12 to 18 inches tall and wide

Conditions: Partial to full shade; fertile, moist, well-drained soil

Native range: Japan

Part of the EverColor® Series, ‘Eversheen’ dazzles with slender yellow leaf blades edged in dark green. Tidy mounds of gently arching evergreen foliage bring plenty of texture to the shade garden. Perfect for massing as a ground cover or for edging flagstone paths, ‘Eversheen’ also performs well in containers and provides a lively accent in smaller spaces. Sedges grow best with protection from afternoon sun in hot climates, and it’s a good idea to irrigate during dry spells. This sedge, like most, is also deer resistant.

Photo: courtesy of Plant Delights Nursery Inc.

2. ‘Fireworks’ Solomon’s Seal

Name: Polygonatum odoratum ‘Fireworks’

Zones: 4–9

Size: 18 to 24 inches tall and wide

Conditions: Partial to full shade; well-drained soil

Native range: Asia

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