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What are the Best Ground Covers for my Garden?

There are instances when a homeowner needs a fast growing kind of plant for covering bare soil on an angled bank or in beds. Maybe you have just begun a new permanent bed project, and are looking for a way
to fill in the exposed spots until the perennials have reached their mature development.

Areas of exposed ground can be changed fast with a low growing plant. Exposed or bare soil is like a magnet for weeds that when allowed, could become established and set seed fast. On banks, solid erosion is
a serious issue from rain and wind. Planting in these locations with cover plants not just addresses these two possible issues however makes yards more attractive.

Types of Ground Covers Available

Variegated Perinwinkle: One of the best options of cover plants for huge areas which requires vigorous and fast growing ground covers. With its green and white perennial leaves as well as amazing flowers,
it does require to be sited with care as it will spread fast. Long shoots develop almost overnight as well as re-root once they reach the soil. These plants grow well in shade where the spotted foliage adds a sunlight touch. However, this could become persistent fast when not controlled.

Serbian bellflower: this is also a good ground cover. With bunches of lavender-blue star shaped flowers, this is really amazing. This spreads through underground runners, therefore you should not put this
plant where it can overwhelm less vigorous plants.

Blue Catmint: This is also an ground cover to consider because of the fact that it grows fast. It has perfumed foliage of tiny silvery gray leaves as well as sprays of lavender blue flowers. This plant does prefer sunlight, on the other hand will also tolerate some shade. Blue Catmint must be situated where in could climb over the corners of a raised bed or an edge a ways where its smell can be released.

Prostrate junipers like the Blue Carpet are an amazing option for ground covers. They have spreading ground-hugging limbs and twigs that are covered with blue-silver leaves that look like needle. This plant will grow in virtually any weather conditions, and is specifically ideal for planting on slopes as well as banks.

Spreading roses: This ground cover is very valuable as well as an attractive way to cover huge areas of land. With lots of beautiful flowers, these plants form a flat carpet which looks amazing most of all in the sunny weather. The long spiky stems quickly spread so planting these where you like to control the erosion is smart. A lot of new types of blanketing or spreading roses are very hardy and trouble free. They look specifically good tumbling over a retaining wall or trailing down sloped area. A lot of varieties are on hand, in shades that range from white and pinks to vivid reds and peach.

Choose any of the above mentioned ground covers for weed control, soil stabilization or for amazing landscape design without too much effort.



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10550 S. Walnut Dr.
Traverse City, MI   49684

Phone: (231) 620-6530


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