Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Audio Play Icon Headphones Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Check Icon Print Icon Note Icon Heart Icon Filled Heart Icon Single Arrow Icon Double Arrow Icon Hamburger Icon TV Icon Close Icon Sorted Hamburger/Search Icon

This member-only article is part of our All Access subscription.

Member only
Northwest Regional Reports

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…

This article is only available to All Access members

This article is available online for the first time ever exclusively for All Access members. Sign up for a free trial to access our entire collection of articles, videos, and plant records.

Start Free Trial

View Comments

Comments

Log in or become a member to post a comment on this article.

Related Articles

Member Exclusives

The Latest

Magazine Cover

Take your passion for plants to the next level

Subscribe today and save up to 44%

"As a recently identified gardening nut I have tried all the magazines and this one is head and shoulders above the pack."

Video

View All