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Plants intended to cover an area of ground.

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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 this mass of ground cover with rose-pink “bead” head flowers [closed]

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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Can I plant Asian Star Jasmine near house foundation?

I've seen some conflicting opinions on this. From Gardens Alive: Good air circulation is key to both healthy home and horticulture. You should always leave a foot of open space around the ...
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ideas for redoing flowerbed

I was thinking of redoing this flowerbed, since it looks kinda terrible :D The white-ish stuff is a pretty resilient ground-cover, although not very pretty. In spring there are a few tulips. What ...
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what is this Yosemite ground cover plant?

I saw this plant on the ground near Sentinal Dome at Yosemite. Can someone please tell me what it is? I'd like to try growing it.
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Identify central European ground cover

I'd like to know what the green ground plant is. It grows very densely and has some sort of flowers under the leaves. It grows in central Europe.
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What is this ground cover that looks like tiny cactus

I found this in my front yard probably grew by previous owner. I am in Pacific Northwest. What is this plant? Do they grow larger or stay small like that? How fast do they grow to cover more ground? ...
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What is this potential lawn replacement plant?

I found this plant invading an unirrigated school yard lawn in Everett, Washington (USDA zone 8a): This plant is very effectively competing with the grass and might make a good lawn replacement. The ...
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Need perennial cover crop/grass suggestion

We don't live in our native town through out the year and instead visit on some days of the year, but have some help from people who do live to water plants growing in our house there, occasionally. ...
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Ground cover for this area

I have just completed a drainage project (trench lined with landscape cloth, #2 stone, perforated pipe in a long "sock," more #2 stone, then #3 round stone on top). The stone goes right up to the ...
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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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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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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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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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How to grow Trailing Rosemary as a ground cover in very heavy clay?

I want to cover a large area that is on a steep slope with ground cover. There is absolutely no soil at all, it's all pure clay: hard rock when dry and soft when wet. I was thinking of putting a ...
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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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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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Can someone help identify these two groundcover plants?

I am trying to identify the purple flowers (and the groundcover plant that they grow from.) The light green leaves on the left of the photo are NOT the same plant. Those leaves are the same as the ...
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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 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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Effectiveness of Using Wood Chips (a la “Back to Eden”) as a garden mulch/covering?

This year I revamped about half of my garden space using the biodynamic method found in John Jeavon's material. I now have the other half and after seeing the Back to Eden film I am really intrigued ...
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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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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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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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Keeping creeping thyme, or other ground cover, weed free (aka thyme vs. clover)

I have a path with flagstone, with the gap between the stones being around an inch or so. I've had creeping thyme growing between the stones, but it's been a huge battle keeping other plants, ...
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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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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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I do not want to mow the lawn, how can I have a lawn without having to mow?

I have a lawn, but I limit my mowing. Plants do not grow well in the sandy soil. Weeds grow extremely well. The climate is moist, humid spring, summer and fall. Winter is snow and ice. There is lots ...
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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 landscaping and erosion control ideas can I use on a hillside with sandy soil?

I am having problems with erosion and can not keep anything on it. I am looking for any ideas to help control this problem. I had a Landscaper come out to look at it and it will cost me up to $50,000 ...
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Are there some plant-based erosion control ground cover options for Pacific Northwest US?

Our driveway cuts through the side of a hill. The 'uphill' side in parts is at a perhaps 65 degree angle so steep, and there's a bit of erosion... enough to expose some tree roots. Ideally we'd use ...
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What is this invasive vine/creeper with round, variegated leaves?

From what I can tell it's a pretty invasive plant. It's been growing in my New York backyard for decades. It has not come to my attention until recently, now that I have picked up gardening. It has ...
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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 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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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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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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Can I save the berries from a Big Blue Liriope (Liriope muscari) and plant them next spring?

I have a big blue liriope (Liriope muscari) in my yard, and the flowers have changed to berries. I imagine the normal propagation method is to split the adult plant after it grows large enough, but if ...
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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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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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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 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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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. Moreover ...