best ground covers

  • ground covers for shade
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    27 Better Ground Covers for Shade to Replace Problematic Plants

    “Ground cover” technically refers to the base layer of the four forest levels: ground cover, shrub, understory, and canopy. But in gardening, ground covers are generally considered low-growing or trailing…

  • ground cover with color
    Design

    A Ground Cover With Color All Year Long

    At the mention of ground covers, most gardeners immediately think of periwinkle (Vinca minor*, Zones 4–8), Japanese pachysandra (Pachysandra procumbens, Zones 5–9), or lilyturf (Liriope muscari and cvs., Zones 5–9).…

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    10 Small Plants to Grow Now

    The front garden where my property hits the road had enough of a slope to make mowing the grass a little iffy. Like any good gardener, I thought, “Why grow…

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    Problem-Solving Ground Covers

    In almost every garden there are spaces that cry out for a simple palette of plants to create a soothing scene. Perhaps it’s on the edge of the driveway, at…