Step One (We Can Have Lots Of Fun!)

The dilemma was this: I have a cute house that’s covered in Virginia Creeper, so what do I put at the front walk that’s not going to blend in to the existing greenery?

Red or dark foliage, like a Ninebark? Hm. I just don’t see it. Yellow? The house is light colored enough where yellow foliage, like a Little Honey Oakleaf Hydrangea, just won’t do. And it got weedier and weedier until it hit me.
Carex buchananii ‘Red Fox’
Such a love-it-or-hate-it plant! So naturally, I love it. What do you think? Admittedly the photo is BAD (I started working on it after work and now it’s pretty dark, BlackBerry flash is useless!) but still, it’s a good look.

Let’s see if it over-winters. All info points to it working in zone 5 but-.I have this going for me, if it looks like this when it’s alive and kicking, what-the-Hesperis does it look like when its dead?
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About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

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