The Q&A Archives: ground cover

Question: I live in the hill country of south texas. the ground is very acidic. i have a garden area in front of my stone home and it is in very intense heat; it is direct and radiates off the stone. most ground cover we planted fries in the sun. any suggestions?

Answer: Texas frog-fruit is a small prostrate spreading perennial forb that may be used as an excellent ground cover for hot, dry areas of soil. It is an evergreen in warmer areas or zones protected from frost. It spreads vigorously but is not invasive. When it is in extremely dry places, it tends to hug the ground reaching a height of 3-6 inches. When given extra water or growing in more shady conditions it grows a bit more upright, up to about 8 inches. The flower heads are usually about ? inch long and the blossoms themselves are tiny and white, opening in a ring. The leaves are rather long and stiff, with pronounced serrations on the edges. The plant roots wherever the stems touch the ground. Texas frog-fruit generally is a good nectar plant for butterflies and is the larval food plant for the Phaon Crescent Spot, Buckeye, and White Peacock butterflies.

Trailing rosemary, thyme, and Greek oregano are also adaptable to hot, dry locations.

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

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