groundcovers for sunny spot
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- April 5, 2010 at 3:42 pm #28992
I’m looking for a pretty groundcover for a sunny plot in a city courtyard (zone 6).
Is European Ginger best in shade? It would be lovely if the groundcover had a winter interest.
JoyApril 5, 2010 at 4:46 pm #29307
Yes European ginger is best in shade. Is it full sun? How about Sedum, Sempervivum or Thymus preacox?April 5, 2010 at 7:41 pm #29310
I’m planning to try some thyme as a ground cover in a sunny area in my front yard this year. I hope it will turn out nice but I thought it would be pretty year round and add a nice scent as well!April 7, 2010 at 12:24 pm #29317
I am crazy about the low-growing sedums as Leslie suggests. Some examples in photos to look at:
I also find that some of the perennial geraniums do the job well.April 7, 2010 at 2:03 pm #29318
I really like the pictures of those sedums that you linked too! Maybe I could have room for some of those as well. I’ve got a lot of ground to cover! I never knew they could be so colorful!April 8, 2010 at 11:10 am #29320
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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