The Q&A Archives: Hill that needs groundcover

Question: I have a shaded hill that needs some goundcover. We can't get grass to grow there. Is the short spreading juniper a good choice or what do you suggest?

Answer: Spreading Junipers need full sunshine so they won't work well in the area. But there are lots of ground covers for shady areas:
Algerian Ivy (Hedera canariensis), Ardisia (Ardisia japonica), Asiatic Jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum), Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans), Hall's Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica halliana), Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falcatum), Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra terminalis), Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis), Liriope (Liriope muscari), Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon japonicus), Plantain Lily (Hosta species), Periwinkle (Vinca minor and Vinca major), Purple Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei coloratus), St. Johnswort (Hypericum calycinum).

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

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