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Ground Covers for Part Shade

Banish your bare soil with this selection of spreaders

Many gardeners often forget the ground-cover layer in their gardens. Landscapes look better when ground covers are planted underneath trees and groupings of shrubs. Ground covers help to retain moisture in the soil and prevent weeds. Water these plants as you would any new addition to your gardens. The first year they should be watered frequently until established. All of these ground covers will grow more vigorously with weekly watering after the first year. Of course, depending on your own gardening conditions, ensure that plants are thriving before lowering the watering regimen. Here are a few of my favorite ground covers for part-shade areas. Typically, I plant the following ground covers as 4-inch plants spaced 6 to 8 inches on center in a grid pattern.

‘Alba’ creeping navelwort

What a great way to spend time in your garden—navelwort gazing! ‘Alba’ creeping navelwort (Omphalodes verna ‘Alba’, Zones 5–9) creates a beautiful carpet of…

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