Carex elata ‘Aurea’
BOWLE’S GOLDEN SEDGE
Carex elata ‘Aurea’ is perfect for adding colour contrast under trees or a position with morning sun.
Because it is all about beautiful colour and architectural form with this hardy shade lover.
Colour & architectural form in shade
Fine golden sword-like leaves form a neat and formal shape that is there for you all year round.
So it is always glowing away in the dark.
However the flowers are insignificant and rarely noticed, so you grow Carex elata ‘Bowle’s Golden Sedge’ for permanent foliage colour.
It is a worthy recipient of the “Award of Garden Merit”, only given to the best plants by the Royal Horticultural Society.
Growing: Carex elata ‘Aurea’
BOWLE’S GOLDEN SEDGE
– Height with flowers: Foliage clump to 30cm – 50cm approx. but the flowers are insignificant
– Width: ‘Bowle’s Golden Sedge’ forms a tight, dense, compact base, but then the foliage arches out in a fountain shape to a diameter of 35cm – 60cm approx
– Position: Partial Shade, Woodland, Dappled Sun are all perfect positions for easy growth.
– Soil: ‘Bowle’s Golden Sedge’ prefers soils on the heavier side, ranging from average garden loam to heavier clay based soils. It can also tolerate heavy clay that may remain waterlogged at times.
It is not fussy about soil pH, so can tolerate either acid or alkaline lime soils.
– Water-wise: ‘Bowles Golden Sedge’ is not a thirsty plant, so normal, average garden watering is ample. However it can tolerate wet feet if necessary.
– Frost: ‘Bowle’s Golden Sedge’ is very frost hardy, as it can tolerate frosts to below -20C
– Growth: Evergreen (actually ever-gold) Perennial clump.
– Care: Very easy to grow, and virtually no maintenance.
And it is not prone to any pests or diseases.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Fortunately they do not enjoy the tough, fibrous blades of foliage.
– Origin: Carex elata grows in a range of habitats in Africa, Turkey, Iran and Central Asia. So this of course accounts for it’s very hardy nature.
And who was Mr. Bowles?
Edward Augustus Bowles (Often known just as E. A., or “Gussie” to his close friends) was a man of quiet and modest nature. But one who became one of the most admired gardeners, garden writers and botanical artists of the 20th century.
As a young man, he was in training for the priesthood, when his brother and his sister died of Tuberculosis. He immediately returned home to care for his parents, and spent the rest of his life quietly devoted to the scholarly research of plants and bulbs, and helping underprivileged children. His books and their exquisite illustrations, remain in print and treasured on gardeners shelves, decades after his death in 1954. And literally hundreds of excellent plants and bulbs bear his name. His superb garden at Myddelton House in England is preserved and still very exciting to visit.