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Buy Carex testacea sedge: A large, evergreen grass with coppery leaves

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: any, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to August
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)

    From spring to autumn the pale olive-green leaves of this ornamental grass turn a warm coppery-orange through the winter. In midsummer it bears small, brown flower spikes. Although it will take some shade, it colours up best in full sun. Grow it among other grasses or perennials, as a specimen plant, or in a large pot.

  • Garden care: Comb through the plant in winter to remove dead foliage

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This is a quick grower so rapidly filled an empty spot. It has a pleasing fountain shape and some nice colour to it. In fact the picture Crocus has of it is exactly what you will get - helpful. I have used it as a filler grass. It's an attractive grass but not a wowee showstopper in terms of colour. The Prairie Fire version may have a bit more oomph if that's what you are looking for. The good thing is it seems to require zero maintenance so far and looked nice all winter when nearly everything else had gone.And while I have noted it doesn't have huge impact as a single plant, I was at Kew Gardens recently where they have mass planted it in huge swathes and it looks absolutely stunning - simply shimmers as it catches the light.




Bronze grass


A useful addition to my "grass library", especially with the bronze colour. Necessary to keep in full sun or will turn an ordinary green.





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Hi,about the size of your Carex testacea - I thought it grew to about 50cm tall. Could I have some of whatever you're feeding yours please? :-)

Nicky V.

Hello there The foliage on this carex can grow to approx 60cm wide and tall, but with the flower stems can take it up to 1.5m tall. We base our plant specifications shown on our web-site on information obtained from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), to be sure that we can be confident our information is accurate. Sorry for any confusions but I hope this helps.

Fruit tree grown in pots? Hello I'm hoping you can help, I'm really interested in having some fruit trees in my garden but due to its size I was thinking of putting them into pots, - would I be better off looking for ornamental fruit trees or can I purchase any tree and restrict it to the pot - hope this makes sense. Specifically I'm looking to grow cherry and apple trees, and would very much appreciate any guidance you can give. Look forward to hearing from you Regards Emma

Emma Hobbis

Hello Emma, Your best option would be to make sure you choose fruit trees that have been grafted onto dwarfing rootstock. If you click on the following link and then click on Fruit Tree Size Chart, which is found under Help and Advice on the left hand side of the page, it should help. http://www.crocus.co.uk/kitchen-garden/ Another option would be to buy a family apple or pear, which have three different varieties on each tree. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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