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Groundcover is like The Fixer on a crime show. The person who comes in and smooths things over, turns a not-so-ideal situation into one that passes for respectable (and better) and the one who orchestrates the cover up. Wow, we were really committed to this comparison.
But seriously, groundcover is a hero in spaces that are uneven and hard to mow, really shady and inhospitable to turf grass, intensely hot and dry where nothing else grows without an awful lot of maintenance, high-traffic along pathways or between pavers, and even a good choice to choke out weeds. They come in shade-loving and heat/sun-loving varieties, with plenty of options for adding color, texture and interest.
Ajuga Black Scallop
A shady star and wonderful spreader, thriving in shady areas where grass has difficulty growing. Black Scallop has near-black, very glossy scalloped leaves and short, spiky and fragrant flowers in a deep-blueish purple.
Ajuga Burgundy Glow
This resilient, ground-hugging groundcover is the perfect solution for dappled shade under the canopies of larger trees. The unusual foliage is variegated pale green and cream, and paired with burgundy-tinged leaves and deep-bluish purple flower spikes.
A form of English ivy, with large lustrous green variegated leaves and delicate creamy white veins. As with most ivy, Thorndale has a strong vining habit, with clinging tendrils that climb walls, pillars, arbors and fences. Without a vertical structure, Thorndale with create a lush, blanket of groundcover.
Pachysandra ‘Green Carpet’
This shrubby evergreen groundcover is a glossy dark green with toothy, ridged leaves. Once established, Green Carpet will spread vigorously to form a dense carpet, with tiny white flower spikes appearing in mid to late spring. Yours will do best in deep shade where grass won’t grow.
Sedum is a fan favorite of ours for its unassuming beauty and ability to be attractive in all seasons. Especially in this variegated form, with fleshy light-green leaves edged in white. Ground-hugging stems spread easily and work well in rock gardens or containers. Yours will do best in full sun, which makes it great for slopes, walls, and paths.
Another variegated sedum choice with white, green and pink foliage for a really delightful combination. Sedum is always fleshy and hardy, and this variety will love its days in the sun. In the summer, look forward to clusters of tiny star-shaped flowers in peachy tones.
Vinca Minor ‘Dart’s Blue’
Also known and loved as Periwinkle, Dart’s Blue spreads vigorously and holds up well to foot traffic along pathways or between pavers. Yours will do best in shade to part sun (especially morning sun) and has delightful tiny but full foliage and pretty pinwheel blooms in bluish purple with staying power through April, May and June.
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