The Q&A Archives: Ground cover, large area

Question: I am looking for a low maintence ground cover for a 130' x 25' area, side yard frontage (pine trees are behind this area), that gets full morning sun. Any suggestions? Anything other than ground cover?

Answer: There are many different plants you could use depending on the growing conditions and the amount of maintenance you would prefer, as well as your personal taste. Due to the proximity of the pine trees I would expect the soil to be somewhat dry, so you would probably want something with fairly good tolerance for that. Assuming the site is well drained, you might look at perennials such as sedum or thyme, or a traditional ground cover such as ajuga or periwinkle. You could also consider low growing shrubs such as juniper or Jasminum nudiflorum or something a bit taller such as Knock Out roses. If it is shady in the afternoon you might consider locating a sitting area there, too. Your local county extension and/or professional nursery staff might have additional (or different) suggestions based on a more detailed understanding of the growing conditions where you want to plant. Good luck with your project!

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