Vines as Ground Covers: Ground cover vines

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Vines as Ground Covers

By goldfinch4
May 24, 2013

When most people think of vines, they think vertical growth. However, many types of vines can also be used as ground covers.

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
May 24, 2013 6:00 AM CST
Thanks for ideas on how this might be done with different vining plants.
I had heard of this, ---but did not know how it would be done or with which plants.
This is an excellent way to have a "living mulch".
I seed watermelon in among the tomatoe plants in containers.
We are too cold here and too short a season,---- to get fruit, but the vines are pretty
and keep moisture around the tomatoes and weeds from sprouting.
Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
May 24, 2013 7:19 AM CST
Caroline, I like your idea with the watermelon seeds/vines with your tomatoes - same concept, same results. Thumbs up
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Name: Bev
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webesemps
May 24, 2013 12:32 PM CST
Great article, Chris. Loved that you gave "name and rank" to plants to use for each advantage of using vines as grd cover! Informative and well done. Thumbs up
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goldfinch4
May 24, 2013 1:00 PM CST
Thank you Bev. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Benny Hill
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bennysplace
May 24, 2013 2:38 PM CST
This is a great article and something I am doing this year. I am not a fan of lawns. I keep the bare minimum amount of lawn for my son to play but apart from that, I am going to have a large pumpkin patch cover one area and everywhere else, I am going to let Virginia Creeper cover up all the grass I no longer want.

Thank you for the article. :)
Name: Anna
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canadanna
May 24, 2013 4:16 PM CST
Love the article and well written! I like sweet potato vine to help shade some of my plants in the hot summer. I have a lot of dappled shade, so just an hour or two of hot Texas sun can kill some of my ferns ...)
Someone also gave me the idea to put pumpkins(bought, not grown) in the vine to look like a seasonal pumpkin patch.
Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
May 25, 2013 1:17 AM CST
Glad you both liked the article. Smiling
Benny, the only reason I have lawn is because I don't think I could keep up if the entire yard was a huge garden.
Anna, that's a really cute idea! Have any pictures?
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Name: Carey
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careyana
May 25, 2013 11:29 AM CST
Great article! I recently started looking into vines for cover in my containers. I've become a huge fan of the dichondras since the keep their color even with their low water requirement.
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goldfinch4
May 25, 2013 3:05 PM CST
Another great idea Carey. Thumbs up I've used dichondras in my containers, but as "spillers", not as ground cover. I'll be rethinking that now.
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 28, 2014 12:22 PM CST
How about this Chris!
Regards from England.
Neil.



House and ground cover!

Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Sep 28, 2014 1:23 PM CST
Absolutely beautiful Neil!!! Do you know what it is?
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 28, 2014 2:03 PM CST
Dear Chris, it is Virgina creeper or Parthenocissus quinquefolia,
Regards from a warm at the moment England.
Neil.

Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Sep 30, 2014 9:39 AM CST
Thanks Neil. Enjoy your warm weather. Our temperatures have been dropping quickly the last several days.
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