The Q&A Archives: Ground cover

Question: What is the best ground cover for a lawn between a house on the north side and a stand of tall evergreen trees on the south side?

Answer: There are many plants you could use. Your best choice will depend in part on what the soil is like, how shady it really is, how much space you have to cover, your budget, and your personal taste. You could consider Hedera helix (English ivy) or Vinca minor (periwinkle) as evergreen ground covers. You could also consider ajuga, along with hostas and epidemidum. The last two really need to be in the shade. The others will tolerate partial sun or shade. If the area closest to the house is actually quite sunny, you may want to look at sun loving ground covers such as phlox subulata, creeping thyme, or sedums. I hope this gives you some ideas.

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