I love the groundcover sedums too, but here are two more that have worked well for me in sun: 1. Yellowroot (Xanthorrhiza simplicissima). It’s not one you walk on, it’s a low shrubby thing, but it’s beautiful. Clean green foliage, gorgeous bronze fall color, and in winter the deciduous branches give nice structure. About 1 foot high, it spreads like crazy. It prefers some damp. 2. The other is Arctostaphylos uvi-ursi (I know, a mouthful) or bearberry, also called kinnikinninik. Gotta love the names. It’s very low, mat-like, evergreen, and spreads. Has tiny flowers that look like blueberry blooms. This one likes dry. Neither one of these takes any maintenance, no shearing or trimming at all.
I grow both of these in zone 5 Conn.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.