Ground Covers

Groundcovers For Zone 5 & 6

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Groundcovers For Zone 5 & 6

Groundcovers seem to get a bad rap as boring plants or ho-hum afterthoughts. Actually they are quite useful as fillers in bare spots, and can provide color and a great backdrop for perennials, annuals and shrubs in garden beds. Groundcovers make excellent living mulch and are much more interesting than an expanse of regular mulch. […]

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Houttuynia ‘Chameleon’ Sedum ‘Cherry Tart’ Prunella ‘Freelander Blue’ Ice Plant ‘Mesa Verde’ Groundcovers seem to get a bad rap as boring plants or ho-hum afterthoughts. Actually they are quite useful as fillers in bare spots, and can provide color and a great backdrop for perennials, annuals and shrubs in garden beds. Groundcovers make excellent living mulch and are much more interesting than an expanse of regular mulch. Some groundcovers dazzle with a carpet of lovely flowers and others offer impressive foliage and a kaleidoscope of fall...

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Plants For Shady Areas

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Plants For Shady Areas

There are many plants that do well in the shade. Don’t despair … you can grow more than the ubiquitous impatiens and hostas … I do like both of those, but there are a lot more flowers (both annuals and perennials) and shrubs that can give a lift to the part shade to full shade […]

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There are many plants that do well in the shade. Don’t despair … you can grow more than the ubiquitous impatiens and hostas … I do like both of those, but there are a lot more flowers (both annuals and perennials) and shrubs that can give a lift to the part shade to full shade areas of your yard. First, let’s define what constitutes full shade and part shade. Full shade generally means less than 3 hours of direct sunlight each day, with perhaps filtered sunlight during the rest of the day. Full shade does not mean no sun…all plants need at least some light,...

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