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Identification of ground cover in small decideous forest (zone 5B)

Well it looks remarkably like Pachysandra terminalis to me, an evergreen groundcover which does well in shady conditions. Tends to look a bit floppy, as per your picture, when its in sun or if its ...
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What is this tiny blue/purple flower with thin, vinelike stems, in Charles City, Virginia?

Even though I am no type of botanist, I can't resist a good puzzle. So I decided to look into http://www.wildflowersearch.com and came up with "creeping eryngo" or Eryngium prostratum Note ...
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How should I propagate Ajuga

Ajuga is fairly shallow rooted. You should be able to take a sharp spade and cut out 6" wide squares. Plant in the new area. Top dress where you made the cut and then stand back, way back as it ...
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Lawn options for wooded lot?

A shady mix lawn could be done. It will likely need maintenance/reseeding every year. A mix of low-growing native forest edge plants could be used. This could include some of the native prairie ...
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Can you please identify this alpine, evergreen plant?

It's a mountain heath or heather, Phyllodoce empetriformis, a native perennial shrubby plant which has,variously, pale pink to deep pink to, occasionally, mauve-pink bell shaped flowers throughout ...
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What's a good full-sun groundcover for Zone 6A?

I'm also in zone 6A (Massachusetts, USA), and have something that works perfectly for me. It is vinca, also called periwinkle. I think mine is vinca minor, but there are a number of varieties, so it ...
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What is this tiny blue/purple flower with thin, vinelike stems, in Charles City, Virginia?

It looks likes the beginnings of blue Hobbit stikle
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How should I grow Cornus sanguinea with respect to surrounding ground covering?

Cornus sanguinea usually provides dense shade when its leaves are out. It also gets woody fast. As the flowers and fruit are insignificant most people only plant it for the stem colour. As the stems ...
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Does Kinnikinnick require soil amendment for planting

Arctostaphylos likes infertile, well-drained/gritty soils. You've probably got the well-drained part, since you're planting on a bank. It likes full-sun, however, which may become problematic as your ...
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What's a good full-sun groundcover for Zone 6A?

Lowbush AKA "wild" blueberries. Vaccinium angustifolium Lignonberries Vaccinium vitis-idaea Otherwise, 3-6 inches of pine needles and don't worry about growing much of anything (though I find that ...
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What are some tight growing ground cover plants as Lawn substitute suitable for SF Bay Area?

Check out a company called Pro Time Lawn Seed out of Portland, OR. They do all sorts of interesting mixes. Last year I replaced a 500sq ft parking strip up here in Seattle with the Fleur de Lawn. We ...
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What is my normal selection for a 4 season food cover crop?

Answering for your location (Minnesota, zone 4a), so as to keep this answer contained. In your climate, you'll get the most biomass from a summer season cover crop. Of course that will make it hard to ...
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What is this plant? Is it ground cover?

What you have is either Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) or woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea) judging by the shape of its leaves. Both grow as a vine but it may take a while longer to ...
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Do deer eat Creeping phlox (Phlox subulata)?

I do have personal experience, and it depends on snowcover and available food. Phlox subulata is not known to be deer resistant, so if it's an "open" winter and more tasty food is not available, the ...
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What is this ground-hugging dense flowering plant?

The flower structure (4 petals, 6 stamens with 2 shorter than the others) indicates to me that this is a member of the family Brassicaceae. I suspect an Arabis of some kind, maybe Arabis caucasica.
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What is this groundcover?

This is Phyla nodiflora, also sometimes called Lippia repens, and apparently lots of other names (matchweed, etc...). According to Native Florida Wildflowers website, it is a Florida native. No it isn'...
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Are woven geotextile fabric really permeable?

Ok, I can finally answer my own question. The reason was that the fabric was closely folded then rolled for the packaging, and when I unrolled the fabric for the permeability test I hadn't seen that I ...
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Lawn options for wooded lot?

I have a large amount of vinca minor, which I think would be a good choice for you. It's low-growing, reaching about an inch at maturity. It's also vine-like, with long trailing stems that cover the ...
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Do you need to worry about nitrogen fixing if you mulch heavily?

You appear to have confused nitrogen fixing (the process where bacteria and legumes work together to fix nitrogen from the air into the soil in a plant-usable form) with nitrogen depletion, a ...
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What is this invasive vine/creeper with round, variegated leaves?

This is a great ground cover. It is hardy to seasonal drought, has beautiful leaves, pretty flowers in spring, is evergreen, and controlled very easily with pulling or cutting, spring or fall. I used ...
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Drought and animal tolerant grass

Honestly, clover might be a good solution. It generally doesn't need fertilized because it pulls nitrogen from the air. It's drought resistant, fairly traffic resistant, chickens eat it, grows fast, ...
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What is this pungent plant with spikes of purple flowers?

I just found out that the plant is Plectranthus neochilus. A nearby nursery also calls its aroma "skunky"!
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What is this strongly scenting ground covering weed?

For the scent and first image, I would say a Labiate/Laminaceae family member. But it is difficult from your photos. I have most problem with the second photo: the leaves are not very characteristic ...
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Mixed ground covers - best care

Cute feet Simon...grins! I think you hit it on the head, too much water, too little drainage. The thyme seems to be trying to thrive. I am thinking your edging might be making a dammed up area and ...
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Mixed ground covers - best care

It was (I assume) a walking area, so I think the ground is compact. I would try to move the first 10 centimeters of the ground (maybe you can do also in a small spot, to test). This will help under-...
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Bring pachysandra back to life

It's dead. Go into the area of live pachysandra. Dig some up, plant it where the dead pachysandra was growing, water as needed, await results. Dig small sections in separated spots so as not to ...
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Ground cover ideas for a large area besides white clover

According to this site specific to Vancouver island, Phlox diffusa is a possibility for you. It grows only 3-4 inches tall, has very pretty flowers in the spring, and, from a "lawn" aspect, ...
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What is this ground-cover flower which survives in the Sonoran Desert naturally?

This is distinctive enough for me to offer: American Red Bush Lantana. (Image courtesy Monrovia) Lantana come in many colours and it is quite normal to have two or more on the same flower head.
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Will ground cover conifers grow branches on a former house side of the plant?

If you've only just planted it, dig it up and reposition it if you want, if you think it'll look better that way. It may not grow from the side which currently has no branches anyway. Keep well ...
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How to get rid of grass between ground cover?

You need a very thorough weeding because unfortunately, your ground cover plants will not out compete the grass, more the other way around, except for the ivy, which in itself is difficult to control. ...
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