The Q&A Archives: Ground Cover

Question: Can you please help us? This is our second request. We never received a reply to the first.
Do you sell or can you recommend a ground cover that is drought resistant? We live in South Florida in drought conditions.



Answer: First, I apologize that you had to make a second request. Sometimes things disappear in cyberspace so thanks for your patience. There are a number of ground cover plants suitable for your growing location that are considered drought tolerant once established. Licania michauxii (Gopher apple) grows 3-13" in height, leaves are dark green above, downy white below; red fruit in summer; tolerates drought and poor soils. Hemerocallis (Daylily), grows 6-12" (12-36" when in flower), light green leaves; summer flowers in yellow, pink, orange brown and bicolors; relatively pest free; drought tolerant. Juniperus conferta (Shore juniper), grows 1-2', green to blue-green foliage; Fast grower; drought tolerant; most salt tolerant juniper; cultivars 'Compacta' and 'Blue Pacific' are particularly dwarfed. Juniperus horizontalis (Creeping juniper), grows 12' with green to blue-green foliage; may turn purple in winter; drought tolerant; cultivars 'Bar Harbor' and 'Blue rug' ('Wiltonii') are particularly successful. Lippia (Phyla) nodiflora (Match weed), grows only 3", Leaves greenish to purplish; red, purple and white flowers most of the year; Drought and wet tolerant; takes some foot traffic; easily established. Ophiopogon japonicus (Dwarf lily turf, Mondo grass), grows 6-12" with dark, glossy green leaves. Drought resistant; tolerates poor soils; good edging; no heavy foot traffic; flowers usually hidden by leaves. Zamia pumila (Z. floridana) - Coontie, Florida arrowroot, grows 12-36" with glossy, dark green, fernlike foliage, Drought resistant; no shearing or mowing.

Hope one of these suggestions is just right for your landscape.

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