The Q&A Archives: Planting over septic drain fields

Question: I was told that I could plant low root flowers over our septic drain field at our cabin to mask the ugly white pipes coming from the ground.

This is at our cabin. Full sun location.
We are up every weekend so will also need to be hardy plants.



Answer: You might try barren strawberry (Waldsteinia ternata), a ground cover that grows in full sun to part shade and prefers normal to sandy soils. It has dark, dense, evergreen, strawberrylike leaves that form into mounds 4 to 6 inches high. It offers yellow flowers in spring and yellow colors in fall. Another suggestion is lily turf (Liriope spicata). Like barren strawberry, it is hardy and grows under a variety of conditions. Ajuga (carpet bugle) is a third suggestion. All plants need to be watered regularly while they are becoming established. Planting in the late summer or early fall should help them establish quickly because of seasonal rains. Best wishes with your garden~

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