Carex laxiculmis 'Bunny Blue' is a delightful little sedge with blue-green leaves that is great for ground cover.
Unusually for a blue-leafed plant Carex laxiculmis 'Bunny Blue' is quite happy in shade and damp soil, so if you're giddy for glaucous foliage but short on sunlight in your outside space, this could be the plant for you. Its evergreen leaves look great all year round and its distinctive colour and form make it useful plant to have. Team it with purple-leaved heucheras for a shade planting to remember. Great in a pot too - but keep in mind that it likes moisture so be sure to water regularly. Glazed pots dry out more slowly than traditional terracotta, so why not pick a glaze colour that complements this plant's gorgeous tones and make a statement in a shady spot?
A shady character that you'll want to have in your garden, this is a hardy and colourful plant that's easy to look after.
Plant Type: Ornamental Grass
Hardiness: H7 Very Hardy. Minimum temperature < -20.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 30cm x W 45cm (Mature age: 2 Years)
Foliage Colour: Blue, Green
Flower Colour: Yellow
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: No
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Soil Type: Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy, Acid, Alkaline
Soil Drainage: Moist, Moist but Well Drained
Light Exposure: Part Shade
Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Containers, Urban Garden, Courtyard Garden, Low Maintenance Garden, Prairie Garden
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering (from - to): May - June
Sedges are generally pretty easy-going plants, and this one is no exception. However, it does have two non-negotiable requirements (although they're fairly easy to cater for): a bit of moisture in the soil and some shade. So a damp-ish, north-west facing site is ideal, but you can grow it in most places provided they're not totally sun-baked. Dig over the planting site and if add some well-rotted manure or compost. Soak the roots before planting by submerging the pot in a bucket of water for a few minutes. Then plant into your prepared soil and water in well, 'puddling' water around the plant so the soil settles around the roots. Water well in the first season to get the roots established.
This plant will grow well in pots too - just avoid unglazed terracotta (the compost will dry out too quickly) and be generous with the size of it to give the roots some room.
Feeding isn't strictly necessary in most soils, but if after a year or so your plants look like they could do with perking up - or you're growing in pots - apply a balanced general purpose feed like Bonemeal or Growmore in spring as the plants come into growth.
Pruning is easy - simply comb through the plants with your fingers in late winter to remove any dead leaves.