I needed a groundcover for the edge of my driveway that could “withstand” the water that runs off of it and stays consistently wet. I envisioned it being a grass-like groundcover that would contrast well in color and texture with the surrounding plants.
Well, while researching Sweet Flag ‘Oborozuki’ a few years ago, I was immediately sold when I read that it prefers “bog-like” conditions.
I placed the order for a bunch of small plugs with Santa Rosa Gardens and here we are three years later:
Some bits of info on this plant:
- Survives zones 5-9
- Prefers partial sun but also works in full sun if kept consistently moist. Mine has thrived in full sun to date.
- Size is roughly 12″ x 12″
- Deer resistant
- Golden yellow color with green stripes
- Can be divided every 2-3 years which means I’m about ready to do the deed
- Has small, insignificant seedheads that admittedly, I’ve never seen
- The Sweet Flag name comes from the citrus-like smell of the leaves which I can confirm is true
- One final interesting factoid I found on the ‘net – “back in the day” this plant was used in the production of beer and gin. Nice.
This semi-evergreen groundcover holds up well into the winter and anything that gives me winter color here in zone 6B is a huge positive:
A plant with multi-seasonal interest that fits my growing conditions perfectly. Sold!!
So what do you think? Any experience with this one?