The Q&A Archives: Need something easy to take care of

Question: I need to cover the border of a small patio. Do you have any suggestions as what I can plant to cover the dirt? I need something that will last and will not overgrow out of control. Something easy to take care and provide nice color flowers in spring or summer each year. Thank you!

Answer: There are three tried-and-true candidates for the site you describe; Solerolia solerolii, Pratia angulata, and Sagina subulata. Solerolia (Baby's Tears) grows 2-4" high and spreads by creeping stems, eventually formaing a lush, medium green mat. Sagina is called Irish or Scotch moss. These plants look like mosses, but they're really not, and prefer to grow in full sunshine rather than shade. Sagina takes some foot traffic and is available in either green or yellowish green foliage. Pratia (blue star creeper) is another prostrate plant, reaching only 2-3" in height. Foliage is dark green and the plants produce tiny, sky blue flowers in spring and summer. Any of the above plants will grow nicely in your gardening region. Enjoy!

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