The Q&A Archives: Groundcovers

Question: Is there anything that will grow under redwood trees and between sandstone slabs?

Answer: If the sandstone slabs are in full sunshine, try growing wooly thyme. It loves heat and dry soils. If in the shade, try Baby's tears or Irish moss.

Redwood sorrel (Oxalis oregana), redwood violets (Viola sempervirens) or little wild strawberries are all native groundcovers that thrive in the moist humus of decomposing redwood needles. Western sword fern (Polystichum munitum), trilliums (Chloropetalum or T. ovatum) and bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa) can thrive in shade. Wild ginger, white fairy lantern, checkered lily, California fawn lily and pink star tulip are native bulbs and plants that grow under redwoods, as well. Best wishes with your garden!

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