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Low-Maintenance Lawn Alternatives: Ground Cover


A baffling issue for numerous garden enthusiasts is exactly what to grow in hot, dry, or gravelly locations that are too unwelcoming for turf and most ground cover plants. There are some resilient ground cover plants that will certainly prosper under these extensive conditions.

Right here are some ground covers to assist with those bothersome areas: locations in between the driveway and lawn; around patio areas, where heat develops in the soil, on south- and west-facing bankments; and at exposed websites with bad, thin soil.

• Creeping Junipers
This ground covers is ideal for dry locations. Its intense silver-blue needles handle kindlying purple tones in winter season. A popular selection is blue rug juniper (Juniperus horizontalis 'Wiltonii'), a tough-as-nails ground hugger that is just 4 to 6 inches tall. A single plant could ultimately grow to 8 feet in diameter, the suggested spacing is 2 to 3 feet for fast protection. Blue rug juniper is sturdy to Zone 3.

• Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) 
Very tolerant of bad soil, bearberry will certainly even will certainly grow in pure sand. The six-inch-tall evergreen has little, shiny, dark-green leaves that turn bronze-ish-red in fall. In spring, the whole plant is covered with small white flowers tinged with pink. These develop to bright red berries that birds like. Spaced 12 inches apart, plants will certainly form a thick carpeting in 2 or 3 periods. Bearberry is sturdy to Zone 2.

• Sedums
Spreading out, mat-forming kinds of sedums withstand dry spell by keeping water in their fleshy stis and roots. 2 excellent options, both durable to Zone 4, are two-inch-tall 'John Creech' two-row sedum (Sedum spurium cv.), with pink flowers in June, and the six-inch-tall 'Fuldaglut' two-row sedum, with purple or reddish foliage and rose-red flowers from July through September.

• Shrubs, Perennials, and More
Shrub roses, along with some perennials such as sneaking phlox (Phlox stolonifera) and catmint (Nepeta cataria), like it dry and hot, as do some decorative lawns such as blue fescue (Festuca glauca). Lowbush blueberries will certainly succeed, as will certainly sneaking thyme (Thymus serpyllum) and other natural herbs.


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