The Q&A Archives: Beginner help to remove grass and plant perennials.

Question: I have bought a new house in Colorado and I have an L shaped flowerbed. On one part of the bed I have what resembles Vinca minor surrounding a large tree. I really like the flowers, but I have lots of grass growing in the bed. Can I get rid of the grass without killing the flower? If so, how? On the other part of my flowerbed I have two rose bushes, but would like some nice perennial ground cover

Answer: I don't think you will find a chemical weed control product that would not harm the vinca so if you can't pull the weeds out you might to just dig the entire bed, save the vinca for replanting and dig the weeds, roots and all. After you've done that you can apply a pre emergence weed control product to keep new weeds from sprouting in the bed. As for a new groundcover plant near your roses, here are a few perennials to consider:
Artemisia frigida (Fringed sage) grows 6-15 inches high; Yellow Late summer Blooms not showy, silver gray fringed foliage, woody stems;
Bouteloua gracilis (Blue grama grass) 12-18" tall, Clump-forming native grass. Callirhoe involucrata (Prairie winecups) 6-12", red flowers summer to fall. Cerastium tomentosum (Snow-in-summer), 6-8", white flowers spring to summer, Gray foliage.
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (Plumbago) 8-12" Violet-blue flowersw late summer to fall; Shiny green leaves, purplish fall leaf color.
Delosperma sp. (Iceplant), 1-6" Red, yellow, white, fuchsia flowers, spring to fall; Succulent leaves.

Best wishes with your new landscape.

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