This is one in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Community Favorites, 75 can't-fail, easy-care plants well-adapted to our region and recommended by local gardeners.
Variegated Japanese sedge
Carex oshimensis "Evergold"
Size: Under 1 foot tall
Bloom season: Early summer
Exposure: Partial to full shade
Pruning needs: Little or none
Water needs: Once established, water deeply once a week
Snapshot: This graceful grasslike sedge grows in well-behaved clumps and loves shady places in the dry garden. The evergreen leaves are striped with creamy yellow. Easy to care for and drought-tolerant, this sedge is ideal for rock gardens or borders. In woodland settings, it's deer resistant, too. You can see specimens near the gazebo in the arboretum's Carolee Shields All-White Garden on the UC Davis campus.
Why it's a favorite: "The weeping form and striking variegation makes this a sedge-sational eyecatcher," said Dorothy Yerxa, a volunteer at the arboretum's teaching nursery.
See a photo gallery of the Community Favorites online at www.sacbee.com/home_garden.