|"Every gardener has a different opinion about how things should be done. An example is a favorite saying from one of my good gardening friends: "You get three gardeners in one room - fist fight!". While I don't completely agree with Gerry - I know that there is always more than one way to approach a subject. I hope that we can provide you with some useful information, and some ideas to get your creative juices flowing. " Louise Peacock|
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|Groundcovers and Walkways
By The Garden Commando
The words 'Ground-Covers' tends to bring to mind things that creep - like Goutweed, Periwinkle or Ivy. Ground-covers however, need neither be low-growing nor mundane.
There are many plants that can be used either as groundcovers or bedding plants, and which will produce a spectacular colour show most of the season. You can use either intermediate or low-growing perennial or annual plants for the purpose. You can also use shrubs, dependent upon the size of the area in question.
Walkways and Paths
Some Groundcover Suggestions
Other excellent plants for a sunny area are the Rudbeckia species (Black eyed Susan, for example)and Echninea purpurea (Purple Cone Flower); Pelargonium (annual Geraniums) and Lobularia maritima (Sweet Alyssum) which can be liberally mixed in as well.
Short plants to place between taller types are Sempervivums (Hens and Chicks)and low growing Sedum (Stonecrop), such as Sedum acre. Not to leave out my personal favorite - Thymus serpillum (Creeping Thyme). All of the preceding are draught tolerant and need little care, and make good ground covers.
Many herbs in fact, can be used for ground cover in a sunny area. There are many additional varieties of Thyme for example, some with variegated foliage, and the always adorable Woolly Thyme. Basil comes in different colours, as does Mint and Sage. You could fill an entire area with various perennial and annual herbs, and then stroll through on your new path, and enjoy the wonderful perfumes, especially just after a rain fall.
And for the shade gardens - for large areas, use Bergenia cordifolia (Elephant Ear, Pigsqueak) intermixed with various ferns, and Hosta varieties such as 'Golden Prayers', 'Ginkho'or 'Janet'. Podophyllum peltatum (Mayapple), Tiarella cordifolia (Foam Flower) and Epimedium (Barrenwort) are a couple of other choices. Or, for smaller areas, Nasturitum officinales (Watercress) - spreads like wildfire and is great for salads, Myosotis (Forget-Me-Nots), and Lyscmachia numalaria (Creeping Jenny) (again! It works in shade and sun.), along with Oenathe javanica (lovely green and red foliage).
There are many more plants that can be used as groundcovers - I have only touched on a few in this particular article.
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|This page was updated December 28/99|