The Q&A Archives: creeping plant recommendations

Question: We have 130' of sloped bank full sun on cayuga lake in Union Springs, NY that I would like to beautify with a drought tolerant, easy to grow & maintain creeping plant, possibly with flowers that does not attract bees or deer and would look beautiful from spring through frost.

Answer: Some of the best groundcover plants for your growing region include Leadwort
(Ceratostigma plumbaginoides), Mat forming 8-12 inches high. Lime-green foliage with tinges of red and clear blue star-shaped flowers with red seedheads, summer to fall. Full sun to partial shade. Grows best in dry soils. Vigorous grower.

Liriope (Liriope spicata) Clump forming 8-12 inches high, Dark green grass-like evergreen foliage, summer flower spikes in shades from light purple to violet. Full sun to partial shade.

Lady?s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) Clump forming 12-18 inches high. Large round light green-gray leaves sparkle when holding moisture droplets. Sprays of small yellowgreen
flowers in summer.

Coral Bells (Heuchera americana ?Chocolate Veil?) Clump forming 18-24 inches high Deep maroon foliage, small delicate pink flowers on tall flower spikes.

Moss Phlox (Phlox subulata ?Emerald Blue?) Mat forming 4-6 inches high Profusion of early spring blue blooms, glossy evergreen foliage. Full sun. Tolerates drought and even a little salt.

Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii ?Walker?s Low?) Upright and sprawling 18-24 inches high Green-grey foliage. Long lasting blue flowers in spring/ summer.

Hope one of these plants is just right for your landscape!

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