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FutureStarrBest Ground Cover Plants
There are many plants that can help you get around the yard and garden and make your place more beautiful. But before you plant them take a look to see what they don’t need and what they require. Is your area shady? Paved? Sunny? Narrow? Let’s take a quick look at some of the plants you can plant around the house.Ground cover plants are used to fill in gaps at the front of a border, as well as those tricky spots at the bases of shrubs that are difficult to plant. They can also help cover the bare ‘legs’ of roses, complementing their flowers. Ground cover plants are also great for covering tricky sites, such as slopes, which are difficult to access and plant. Some can also be grown as an alternative to a lawn.
Hardy geraniums are incredibly versatile plants, as they thrive in sun or shade and in most soil types. They look good in almost all styles of planting, from cottage gardens to a more contemporary schemes. They’re great for growing at the front of the border and under shrubs and roses. They come in a wide range of colours, from white to pink and blue. They’re not evergreen, so their foliage dies back in winter, but they flower for months, from late spring to early autumn, and are popular with bees. One of the best hardy geraniums is Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (‘Gerwat’) – its vivid blue flowers light up the garden for months on end in summer.Lily of the valley, Convallaria majalis, is an excellent ground cover plant for a shady border or woodland garden. It’s also especially useful for growing in the shady areas under shrubs.
Lavender is a great choice for a front of a border, planting under roses, lining a path, or for covering a sunny area. Lavandula angustifolia is evergreen and more hardy and long-lived than French and Spanish lavenders – try the classic varieties ‘Hidcote’ and ‘Munstead’. The flowers are very attractive to bees. Grow in well drained soil in a sunny spot and cut back after flowering to keep the plants neat. Give them another light trim in spring.Heathers are low growing, evergreen shrubs that make excellent ground cover plants. Native to heaths and moorlands, they do best in acidic soil in a sunny spot. The flowers range in colour from white, pink, purple and red. There are two main types: calluna heather flowers from late summer through to winter, while ericas flower from winter to spring. The flowers are much loved by bees. (Source: www.gardenersworld.com)