The Q&A Archives: Need greenery for side property

Question: I have a side property outside of my fence that we don't really use. The landscaping looks very boring outside of the fence, and part of the grass is uneven. It's about 30 feet by six feet long. I would like to plant some type of growing cover to make it look more appealing. We do have a side fence door entrance and I plan to put some type of cobblestone or stone from the street to the door. Everthing else I would like covered with some greenery. Is there a growing ivy or something of that sort that I can plant now. I live in New Jersey and the weather been in the 60's and 70s. Thank you.

Answer: There are many plants you could use. Among traditional groundovers, you could use English ivy (Hedera helix) or Vinca minor if you prefer an evergreen groundcover. These two will grow well in shade to part shade. If it is hot and sunny there, or all afternoon sun, you might consider using a low growing juniper for an evergreen groundcover.

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