I have ground ivy everywhere. You know, the stuff that spreads all over, have pretty little purple flowers. Can I just pretend that it is a decorative ground cover? Or should I aggressively rip it out (and rip, and pull, and rip). This stuff is OUT OF CONTROL!!
I have to admit that this time of year ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) is one of my favorite plants. The rest of the year I curse it as I pull it out of all of my beds again and again and again…, but it is so pretty when it is in bloom! I have some that I placed in a container with a fancy cultivar of forsythia (I don’t remember the name) because I love how it looks with the yellow blooms.
My final analysis is: it is always welcome in the lawn, but never in the beds.
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.