Berkeley sedge for Foliage Follow-Up

I’ve promised a post about my new Berkeley sedge (Carex divulsa) lawn, but it’s filling in so slowly that I keep putting it off, waiting for better “after” pics. I swear I will post all about it this fall. But in honor of Foliage Follow-Up, here’s a teaser photo. I planted Berkeley sedge specifically for its tousled, meadowy texture, and I love that it’s finally getting thicker.

In the foreground there’s more good, leafy texture with giant mullein (Verbascum thapsus) and wooly stemodia (Stemodia lanata).

Please join me in posting about your lovely leaves of August for Foliage Follow-Up, a way to remind ourselves of the importance of foliage in the garden on the day after Bloom Day. Leave your link to your Foliage Follow-Up post in a comment. I really appreciate it if you’ll also include a link to this post in your own post (sharing link love!). If you can’t post so soon after Bloom Day, no worries. Just leave your link when you get to it.

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20 Responses

  1. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Oh Pam, your Berkeley sedge lawn looks wonderful! I love the way the ground appears so natural and uneven which would be a pain if you had to PPM (push a pesky mower) over it.

  2. Julie says:

    Hard to believe it won’t be long before we can be posting about foliage in yellows and oranges.

    Love the “lawn” and can’t wait to see it all filled in.

  3. Ally says:

    Considering the heat and rainfall, I think your sedge is filling in quite nicely. Here’s my foliage followup:

  4. The Berkeley sedge already looks good! I’ll be interested to hear how readily it fills in as I’ve been considering it for a few spots too. The Dymondia I put in elsewhere has been a bit of a disappointment (too much shade I think).

    Thanks for hosting foliage follow-up! Here’s my contribution this month:

  5. Finally, I got a chance to join the party. I’m loving your sedge. I find sedges take a very long time to do their thing, but when they do, it’s awesome. I have a lot of tropical color foliage in my garden per usual. Okay, maybe a bit more. Happy Day.~~Dee

  6. Scott Weber says:

    I love how the sedges accentuate the undulating ground…wonderful!

  7. Great shots. One day I’ll have to make some room for grasses in my own gardens.

    Today I am sharing foliage on a tree that practically glows:

  8. Shirley says:

    The sedge and wooly stemodia are amazing! Love the preview!

    Foliage from my garden today:

  9. Marilyn Rodriguez says:

    The sedge looks beautiful already. I look forward to seeing how it in following posts. I am planning on adding it to my garden in the Fall.

    It’s a little hard to find, Marilyn, but well worth the hunt. —Pam

  10. Anna K says:

    Love the look of your new lawn. I think it is coming along great! Also, I’m greatly enjoying your Lawn be gone book at the moment. Most of my lawn is gone, but the overall is a mess (which explains all the close-up shots in my posts). Currently shaping ideas of what to do with what’s left for next year. But first, I’m gonna paint the house! Thanks for hosting!

  11. Love the sedge Pam. Maybe I will get there someday. I have lots of foliage from the NE for you. Thanks for hosting.

  12. Linda says:

    Lovely, I must look that up. I’m planning to remove what is the last patch of lawn, I’m tired of summer dried up grass! .

  13. Hannah says:

    I like the sedge and the Stemodia, too bad they are not hardy enough for me.

    Thanks for joining in, Hannah. I wasn’t able to leave a comment on your post without an account, so I’ll leave it here: Santolina is such a cute little groundcover. Have you ever tried the green variety? —Pam

  14. I love thoughtful additions to the garden that enhance the texture and color…great tips, thank you.

  15. The sedge looks great! I always love your mulleins. I did a combination post for the day.

  16. I like it! I’m thinking about going with Sedges or no-mow grasses for part of our lawn. It looks beautiful, and it certainly would be easier. The Mullein with the Stemodia looks fantastic. My post is a plant of the month with nifty foliage. Thanks for hosting!

    Thanks for joining in, PP. I wasn’t able to leave a comment on your post without an account, so I’ll leave it here: That last image of the milkweed from above is pretty hypnotic. It kind of reminds me of garlic chives, which are blooming in my garden right now. —Pam

  17. Helen says:

    I do like that sedge and it will be interesting to see how it developes

    Here is my post

  18. Denise says:

    If it all looks this good in August, in Austin, then you’ve made some stellar plant choices. Stemodia is wonderful on the wall. I’ll have to check if it’s one of your natives — Texas natives are a good bet here too.

    My FFU:

    Denise, wooly stemodia is native to coastal and south Texas — close enough for my definition of “native.” —Pam

  19. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I like the berkley sedge. Can you walk on it? Happy FF.

    Occasional, light foot traffic only, Lisa. —Pam