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It looks like Chrysogonum virginianum. Here is an excerpt from a nursery site: Commonly known as Goldenstar or Green and Gold, Chrysogonum virginianum is a beautiful wildflower that is native to the eastern United States. It is one of the finest flowering ground covers for the sun or shade garden, bearing bright yellow star-shaped flowers that will ...


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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 been very cold. See link below for info http://www.oakleafgardening.com/plants/pachysandra-terminalis/ and a clearer pic here, though not showing flower buds - ...


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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 those wild looking sepals. Now I do see that Christy B. has already proposed a sea holly, and others thought it couldn't be Eryngium at all because of the ...


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Lamium varieties would probably fit the bill - they come in various leaf colours, some striped, some spotted, some yellow or variegated, some almost white, and all flower, mostly lilac flowers but also yellow or white. The following are ones worth investigating: Lamium maculatum 'Anne Greenaway', L. 'White Nancy', L. Beacon Silver, L. maculatum 'Brocade', ...


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Liriope muscari is rather challenging to grow from seed. For one thing, the pulp contains phenolic compounds which inhibit germination, so the seeds must be cleaned well before use. Seeds also have a morphological dormancy because the embryo is not fully developed when the fruit ripens, so a period of warm stratification is required to complete maturation. ...


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Not exactly a ground cover, but perhaps Mesquite? It is a legume... New Mexico State University Guide 150 lists a number of cover crops (which may not suit the homeowner's sense of "groundcover") some of which they list as drought tolerant. Among the drought-tolerant Legumes are alfalfa (possibly not a good idea with the septic, speaking of big roots, but ...


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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 spreads even more. I too have found Lamium does not deserve it's reputation as a good groundcover in Ontario. Summers are too hot and the soil gets too dry. It ...


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Vinca is a great ground cover vine that flowers, and creeps. Makes for a nice "ivy" type of look... Ground cover images More info on the plant here.


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Here is another option: Chrysogonum virginianum from an earlier post titled What is this native North American ground cover?


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Daffodils would do great there, I'm pretty sure. I have some in my woods, and I didn't plant them there. They do fine because it's a deciduous woods, so no shade in late winter when they emerge, and barely any shade during flowering. Also, the undergrowth doesn't seem to be a problem unless it's taller than the daffodil plants, and leafs out before the ...


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Creeping thyme - hardy to at least USDA zone 4, thins a bit in light shade, tolerates heat very well, flowers in summer and attractive to bees, maintenance limited to ripping it out when it gets too big. Never had a problem with bees but it will self seed. Not suitable for culinary use. Irish moss - hardy to at least USDA zone 4, tolerates shade, small white ...


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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 grasses, which grow naturally in forest openings in your area, but won't be lawn-like. Moss is also an option, but in my experience it is pretty fragile and may ...


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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 summer. Classed as an alpine or sub alpine plant, likes acid soil conditions and prefers damp soil http://www.flora.dempstercountry.org/0.Site.Folder/Species....


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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 might be something else in the same family. As for your criteria: It thrives well in all levels of sun. Some references say it needs mostly shade, but mine ...


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It looks likes the beginnings of blue Hobbit stikle


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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 age they become a gray colour. If your goal is to enjoy the colour of the stems in winter this plant requires regular maintenance. Specifically, cut back one ...


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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 tree matures. I would not amend the soil at all, but I would remove the bark mulch from around the base of each plant, at least after the first year (they're ...


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This is similar to what I did a few years ago. I needed dirt for the back of a building foundation I was constructing, so I dug up the hard clay from 10ft down and used it to level the foundation which sat on a bit of a hill. At the end, I was left with a fairly steep slope of ground on which nothing would grow except some ragweed, pokeweed, and some ...


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You need to decide what you want the end result to look like. The choices are: retaining wall: expensive but permanent and yields usable flat area as opposed to sloped area stabilize with shrubs stabilize with grass or ground cover A quick and dirty solution would be to rake over the area to fill in the gullies. Sow grass seed and top dress. The final ...


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That is Vinca major 'Variegata', or variegated greater periwinkle. And it is an invasive. Here's a picture to compare leaves.:


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I have had very high germination rates by collecting big blue seed in fall, soaking overnight, then completely removing the berry (Wear gloves). Then they soak in a 1/10 ratio bleach water solution for 10 minutes to remove germination inhibitors. Rinse with a mild soapy solution to remove bleach residue. Then I lay them on the surface of damp seed starting ...


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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 grow food crops, unless you stagger beds, and use more square footage than you would need for a single food crop. The winter cover crops that aren't winter ...


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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 let it get fairly tall (maybe 8"). It was beautiful, but did better when I kept it shorter. Mowed it to 1" for the winter (probably not the best idea) and it ...


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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 daffodils and fringed bleeding hearts get along fine despite the blueberry-centric acid level. I guess the FBH could be seen as a ground-cover, sort-of) I had ...


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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 become noticeable. Both are in the same genus as Boston ivy which is not a true ivy. Woodbine https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenocissus_vitacea Virginia ...


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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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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't really thyme as we know it, although maybe one of its nicknames could be "thyme". Wikipedia puts it in the verbena family. I have it in my lawn (Northern ...


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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 actually poured water on two layers of the fabric stuck together. The permeability is ok with the test on one layer. I feel kind of stupid. Case closed.


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Another possibility is Cymbalaria muralis, aka Ivy-Leaved Toadflax, Kenilworth Ivy, Climbing Sailor, Colisseum Ivy or Devil's Ribbon. Note that this plant can be considered invasive in some areas of the US. Dave's Garden has some good information, including assesments, positive, negative and neutral, from people who have experience with this plant. I've ...


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I'll provide some suggestions and options but you'll need to dig into them further as not having a nice grass lawn is complete anathema to me. :) A lot is going to depend on other factors like do you want the area available to walk through or to have kids or pets play on? Infrequent mowing Fine Fescues Fine fescues grow in many different types of soil and ...


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