The Q&A Archives: Shade Cover Plants

Question: We are looking for a ground cover plant and or shrubs that can grow in clay soil with very little water and shade. Also include flowering kinds.

Answer: Some of the easiest groundcovers to grow, that will thrive under the conditions you describe, include periwinkle (Vinca minor), wild ginger (Asarum caudatum), kenilworth ivy (Cymbalaria muralis), and sweet woodruff (Gallium odoratum). For best results, amend the planting bed with organic matter prior to planting, and water regularly during the first growing season until the plants have a chance to become established.

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