The Q&A Archives: Groundcover

Question: I have a sloping 1/2 acre backyard this is sun/partial shade. What would be a good groundcover to use? I am trying to prevent so much mowing.

Answer: Hedera helix, Vinca minor, Ajuga or hosta would all be traditional groundcovers to consider. They will do well in shade to partial shade, meaning bright dappled light all day or some direct morning sun.

If there is more than six hours of sun, or if there is hot afternoon sun then you may need to look at plants with better sun tolerance such as creeping phlox, creeping thyme, cranesbill, daylilies, heuchera, plumbago (Ceratostigman plumbaginoides) or sedum.

Your local county extension or professional nurseryman may 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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