The Q&A Archives: Low Maintenance Ground Cover

Question: What ground cover can I plant under my live oaks? There are 6 in my front yard. Left bare, the dirt comes in the windows.

Answer: Oaks are very particular about sharing their space with other plants. They generally do not like as much water as other plants need. With this in mind, the following plants will grow in part shade, with very little water and should make good companions to your oaks:

Achillea (wooly yarrow), Duchesnea indica (Indian mock strawberry), Cotoneaster, Hardenbergia (lilac vine), Sollya heterophylla (Australian Bluebell Creeper), and Ribes viburnifolium (Catalina Perfume).

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