Groundcovers - Knowledgebase Question

Los Angeles, CA
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Question by pixpaul
February 24, 1999
We live in Los Angeles, zone 10, and have a large camellia, over seven feet high. We'd like a recommendation for a groundcover to plant around its base.

Answer from NGA
February 24, 1999
Some of the groundcovers you might consider are: Ajuga (Carpet Bugle) Epimedium, Winter Creeper, Houttuynia, Phlox subulata, Liriope (Creeping Lily Turf), and Nepeta (Catmint). These are are well-behaved plants with shallow root systems, so they shouldn't compete with the roots of your established camellia. The plants listed above have variegated leaves, or leaf colors that will complement the glossy deep green leaves of your shrub.

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