The Q&A Archives: Ground Cover

Question: What ground cover would grow in clay soil, full sun, on a steep slope, and look good year around?

Answer: There are some hardy groundcovers that will fit your site. Ivy will grow there, but sedums or stonecrop will provide seasonal color, as will Ajuga (Carpet Bugle).<br><br>There are also low-growing heathers, junipers and cotoneaster that will quickly fillin and blanket the area.<br><br>Just be sure to water adequately as your new plants are becoming established, and plan on providing about 1/2" of water per week to them during the first growing season. Since clay erodes easily, mulch the soil around the new plants and water with a gentle spray.

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