The Q&A Archives: Ground Cover

Question: I have a lemon and orange tree in the back yard which sits on a raised brick flower bed. In the middle of the citrus are five rose bushes. Under the citrus trees which is quite shaded I would like to plant some flowering ground cover. I am trying to achieve an English Garden look to the back yard. I also have fern and hydranga plants which face north and would like to plant ground cover in between them. The area there is approx 2 1/2 feet wide and 28' long. Thanks

Answer: There are a number of ground covers suitable for full shade. Here are a few suggestions:
Asarum caudatum (Wild Ginger)
Cornus canadensis (Bunchberry)
Cymbalaria muralis (Kenilworth Ivy)
Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff)
Glechoma hederacea (Ground Ivy)
Houttuynia cordata (Chameleon Plant)
Lamium maculatum (Dead Nettle)
Oxalis oregana (Redwood sorrel)
Pulmonaria (Lungwort)
Ranunculus repans (Creeping Buttercup)
Vinca (Periwinkle)

Best wishes with your garden!

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