Carex Bromoides with Carex Little Midge - Planted Under Hornbeams - August 2022
Just yesterday, I posted a photo showing off the Carex Albicans that The Bird planted as ground cover in her little backyard garden and talked about how that marked the 12th sedge that we've planted in the backyard. I had posted about planting a little cluster of four Carex Bromoides earlier this Summer and included a video from Roy Diblik where he talks about his favorite Carex and how he combines them. In that video, he talked about Bromoides, muehlenbergii & muskingumensis (Little Midge). And how to combine them together with a dominant species and 'islands' of other species in various percentages.
That video pushed me to think about how I can use some of these in our landscape and how to create a unique pattern that is unique to our garden and isn't a 'monoculture'.
When we were up at Northwind in Wisconsin, I came home with some of the Carexes that Roy talked about: Eight Carex Bromoides. And Two Carex muskingumensis Little Midge. When planted together in a matrix of sorts, leaves me with a 4:1 ratio of Bromoides:Little Midge.
First up is the Carex muskingumensis Little Midge. Below are a couple of photos showing off the one quart nursery containers from Northwind Perennial Farm:
Carex Little Midge prefers moist ground, so I thought it would work well for us down in the bottom of the swale underneath the Hornbeams.
- 5 Everillo sedges - planted in 2020 and 2021
- 2 Carex Pensylvanica under the Hornbeams - planted in 2021
- 4 Carex Bromoides by the Astilbes - planted in Summer 2022
- 1 Carex Albicans in the Bird's garden - planted late Summer 2022
- 8 Carex Bromoides under the Hornbeams - planted late Summer 2022
- 2 Carex muskingumensis 'Little Midge' - planted with the Bromoides in late Summer 2022