The Q&A Archives: Ground Cover

Question: I am cleaning up ivy in my front yard area, but I still have 3 redwood trees there . Since the soil is probably acidic and there is shade and that would negate my planting a lawn, what would you suggest? I would like something I could walk and lay on. Thanks again..Dave Gale

Answer: There are a number of groundcovers, perennials and shrubs that will adapt to growing in the conditions you describe. Once you've planted your groundcover you may want to spice the area up with a few perennials and shrubs!

Groundcovers include Pachysandra (yellow flowers), Trachelospermum (Star Jasmine) with fragrant white flowers, and Vinca minor (Periwinkle) that blooms abundantly from spring through fall. Colors are either white or purple. Low-growing ground covers that you can sit on and enjoy include Pratia and Soleirolia (Baby's Tears).

Brunfelsia pauciflora is a shrub with clusters of violet flowers with yellow centers. Camellia's - many varieties - love shadeand come in lots of colors. Daphne odora (Winter daphne) has tiny fragrant blooms in December and January.

Perennials - Campanula in shades of blue, purple, white or pink, impatiens (same color choices), saxifraga, Asian lilies, and pansies.

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