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3 Great Ground Covers for Partial Shade | Northwest Regional Report

How often do you see beautiful trees and shrubs swimming in a sea of mulch and think something is wrong? Many gardeners often forget their ground-cover layer. Landscapes are complete and look better when an abundance of ground covers are planted underneath trees and groupings of shrubs. Bare soil planted with ground covers will help retain moisture and prevent weeds, something we all desire. Here are a few of my all-time favorite ground covers for partial shade.

‘Alba’ navelwort (Omphalodes verna ‘Alba’, Zones 5–9)

This ground cover is affectionately called navelwort. What a great way to spend time in your garden: navelwort gazing! This ground cover creates a beautiful carpet of small, bright green leaves, which look especially good planted under small trees and shrubs. In spring after the leaves start to unfurl, the green carpet is punctuated with masses of small, white starry flowers. Even after flowering the leaves will…

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