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Questions tagged [ground-cover]

Plants intended to cover an area of ground.

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What is this reddish tundra ground-covering plant?

The image is from the Scoresby region of Greenland. I am trying to get a name for the red ground cover plant. The yellow tufts might or might not be a different version of it?
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Is overhead watering bad for all flowering plants?

What about ground covers that flower (e.g. dianthus)? I understand that a little bit of an overhead shower is needed now and then but ground covers are just too low and wide spread to be watered from ...
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Should I use creeping types of plants to cover walking paths in my veggie gardens?

I'm wanting to suppress weeds in my garden with creeping plants, and am wondering if I should get varieties of short plants for my garden so they spread to cover the entire garden so I can go around ...
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Which will produce a neater block of low mass planting, Lonicera pileata or L. nitida?

For massed plantings, with the aim of clipping into a neat ground-covering block 500-600mm high (not a hedge), is Lonicera pileata or L. nitida species superior? What are the best cultivars for this ...
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What is this mass of ground cover with rose-pink “bead” head flowers

I have this ground cover plant all over my mostly shady back yard. It is tiny, flat, close to the ground with dark green pointy leaves and a little taller stem with rosy pink "bead" flowers on top. I ...
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Train Parthenocissus quinquefolia as ground cover - possible?

I planted a virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) just beside a large tree, and it developed two strong straight shoots (7-8 feet long) this year so far - one going up the tree, and another ...
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What is this groundcover?

My neighbor's landscaper planted this groundcover (in southern California) which she told me was a thyme. It spreads like wildfire and has a tiny white flower with a raised purple center, but it ...
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Control of oxalis corniculata

I have a "plague" of Oxalis corniculata in the middle of Vinca minor. Is there any way to eliminate it chemically or just tearing it off?
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Ground Cover Identification

What type of ground cover is this? Is it a weed? Very low growing in patches on my lawn.
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Thin Pachysandra = Volutella Blight? How can I fix these areas?

I live in zone 6a (Ohio) and just purchased my first house April 2017. We have had problems with the Pachysandra in the landscaping around the home. It seems to be thinned out and weak in some of ...
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Can anybody identify this plant? [closed]

It's a groundcover plant, only about 10 cm tall. As you can see the leaves are bi-colour, sage greenish on the upper side and purple underneath. The leaves are sword like, and how it looks is almost ...
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What is this ground-hugging dense flowering plant?

What is this ground-hugging dense flowering plant? What appears as a sort of stair in the photo is actually a concrete container for this plant (which is invisible, entirely covered by the plant), ...
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Do deer eat Creeping phlox (Phlox subulata)?

I'm finding mixed answers to this question across the web, so I'm hoping someone can respond with personal experience.
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What grows beneath Lapageria?

Lapageria, a forest native of southern Chile, prefers acidic, organic, damp, shaded, cool, well-drained soil. I wonder if there's a suitable native groundcover to match. What smaller plants grow ...
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Does Kinnikinnick require soil amendment for planting

I intend to plant some ground cover on a small steep bank. The bank faces east and receives some shade from nearby trees and also some full sun. The total area is 180 sqft. There are 3 shrubs and a ...
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Bring pachysandra back to life

A large patch of my pachysandra covering was ripped up by trucks last May. See the white oval in the picture. I was expecting it to come back during the summer but I didn't. What can I do the bring ...
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Mixed ground covers - best care

I e got mixed ground covers planted around stepping stones. The area is not walked on that much. The ground covers seem to die every so often. I’m interested in care for these as I feel sometimes ...
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What is this incredibly efficient ground cover?

I moved some soil from one part of my garden to another recently. This seems to have caused fairly aggresive appearing of this ground cover (weed?): (leaves are smallish, 1cm long) In next two ...
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How should I grow Cornus sanguinea with respect to surrounding ground covering?

A group of yellow-orange Cornus sanguineas would really fit a spot in my garden. The cultivar I am interested in is appr. 1.2m (4ft.) max height, like in this picture: I plan to plant them even ...
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Getting flower bed ready for planting next year

I am preparing an area appr. 5m by 1m to become perennial garden bed next year. I am going to plant plants gradually throughout next year. I am currently using top soil from elsewhere in the garden ...
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Using asiatic jasmine for ground cover/weed control in shrub bed

If I plant asiatic jasmine under mature hedges, will it choke or kill them? This is in central Florida, hedges are (I believe) ligustrum and loropetalum.
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What is this strongly scenting ground covering weed?

Here is a weed I gathered the seeds from last year. It had bloomed on a Mediterranean island, Corsica, up in the mountains (around 2000 meters above see level, I believe snow covered 2-3 months pour ...
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What is this ground cover weed similar to Galenia

What is this ground cover weed similar to Galenia? It seems to grow in the same environment and it has a blue tone to its leaves compared to galenia. Galenia has a semi-succulent leaf, whereas this ...
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What is this pungent plant with spikes of purple flowers?

This plant is flowering in our garden. The leaves are gray/green. It has small spikes of purple flowers all over, which are a few inches tall. It has a peculiarly rich smell which I rather love, but ...
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Identify this plant that's taking over my yard [duplicate]

What is this plant? This is slowly taking over my yard. You can see from one of the pictures that it's a vining plant of some sort. It will lay roots and then spread out. It came in to my yard a ...
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What could I do to make my terrace more comfortable?

I have this terrace in front of my house. It is paved with very knee-abrasive dales. And I would like to make it a better place for my child which will soon learn how to walk and fall there. ...
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What is the difference between landscape fabric and ground cover?

I am looking to do some landscaping around our house, and plan to put down a 2-4 inch layer of rock around the foundation of the house, between 2 and 6 feet out, depending on the area. I've dug out ...
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What is this plant? Is it ground cover?

Green fast growing both short and tall growth. Did not have it previous years but taking over an area that had ground cover. Is this a fast growing weed or a ground cover or some sort of climbing ivy?...
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What is this tiny blue/purple flower with thin, vinelike stems, in Charles City, Virginia?

Update 6/4/ 2017: I am so happy that the ID "Eryngium prostratum – Creeping Eryngo" was found by Lorel C., and am awarding her the bounty. I also wish that that people could please vote for Christy B....
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NE Indiana groundcover

I hate mowing. Is there a nice looking, economical ground cover I can put in my yard that I can replace my grass with in NE Indiana that doesn't get very tall, ideally something that would propagate ...
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What is this ground-cover flower which survives in the Sonoran Desert naturally?

Plants native to the Sonoran Desert require watering every 6 months. The following plant, which I am not sure is native to the Sonoran Desert or not, was found to thrive in the Sonoran Desert solely ...
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Groundcover that will thrive in (Zone 9A) in Sierra Pine forest environment?

I am looking for practical suggestions for an aggressive groundcover that will discourage Manzanita and will not require more than one or two annual trimmings to keep less than 12 - 16 inches in ...
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Drought and animal tolerant grass

This past winter our yard, which is frequented by dogs and pastured poultry, turned to a muddy mess. We're looking for a ground cover, probably grass, to try to keep it a bit cleaner. We're also at ...
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Zoysia Grass Overrunning Groundcover

I have a well-established area of Confederate Jasmine groundcover that is beginning to be overrun by Zoysia grass growing under the concrete curb border. Is there any way to kill the Zoysia without ...
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What's a good full-sun groundcover for Zone 6A?

I'm in Zone 6A, and I have some blueberries planted in a 16x45 or so open area that I need covered with some kind of covering. The situation is: It'd get nearly full sun (the first few hours of the ...
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What are some tight growing ground cover plants as Lawn substitute suitable for SF Bay Area?

I am looking for tight growing (less than 2 inch tall) ground cover plants as Lawn substitute. I live in SF Bay Area (USDA zone: 10, Sunset zone: 17). Full sun (after noon sun, 8 hours). I am ...
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What are these fragile green plants with small yellow blooms in Santa Fe?

We are having cold Winter temperatures below 10 °F at night and I find a thick patch of these fragile green plants, some with small yellow blooms, all in a part of the yard that we do not water. ...
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What is my normal selection for a 4 season food cover crop?

I'm learning a lot about cover crops as soil conservation, and was wondering what would be the best choices for my garden, in a Minnesota, zone 4a climate? It should produce good amounts of mass to ...
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Can you please identify this alpine, evergreen plant?

Can anyone identify this plant? I've found it multiple times in Idaho's mountains and have been unable to identify it. It's about 8 inches high, Grows in small, sprawling clumps, maybe 1 foot ...
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What is this creeper with serrated leaves and small white flowers growing in Mumbai, India?

What is this creeper? Location: Mumbai, India (Tropics) Conditions: Growing in the Monsoons from June-July onwards in heavy rains and waterlogged soil, overcast / full shade to full sun. Other ...
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How to get rid of grass between ground cover?

We just bought a new house, with a somewhat overgrown front garden. Mostly I need to do some pruning and shaping. They planted some ground cover, including ivy. Strangely, while the ground cover ...
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Grass Seeds to throw- AZ High Desert

Is there a ground cover seed or seed mix that I can throw out around my yard during monsoon season that will take root and possibly displace the weeds that spring up after/during the rains?
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Do you need to worry about nitrogen fixing if you mulch heavily? [closed]

If you put about a 6"+ of mulch on the a food forest floor, do you need to worry about nitrogen fixing?
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Ground cover plant with small purple 5-pointed flowers?

What is this plant that grows like a weed in my yard (I live in Massachusetts). It has very small 5-pointed flowers which are blooming right now (2nd week in June). The flowers are purple. The plant ...
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Will ground cover conifers grow branches on a former house side of the plant?

I was given a ground cover conifer for free, and accidently planted the side with branches in the wrong direction. Should I replant it, or let it grow out as is?
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How to start over-pachysandra decimated

I had a beautiful, thick, well established patch of pachysandra in my yard that is now decimated. To put it mildly, I don't have a green thumb and since I have a full time job and three young kids I ...
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Identification of ground cover in small decideous forest (zone 5B)

This morning I was walking in Saint-Bruno national park in Quebec, Canada and I happened upon this large patch of ground cover. It was particularly striking as it seemed to be an evergreen herbaceous ...
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Lawn options for wooded lot?

I'm looking for options to cover some ground around a cabin we will be building soon. It will be a heavily wooded lot. Don't want to deal with mowing it every week either. I'll have a path that goes ...
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How should I propagate Ajuga

A few years back I removed a shady patch of lawn and planted it to ground cover plants. One half was planted to Lamium, the other half to Ajuga Reptans. In the years since the Ajuga has taken off and ...
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What's a nitrogen-fixing ground-cover that grows on very little rainfall?

Here in the desert southwest (Northern New Mexico, zone 7B, heavy clay soil, 7 inches of annual rainfall), clover doesn't seem to grow well due to lack of enough moisture. What's an alternative that ...