Ground cover for residential garden - Knowledgebase Question

Jacksonville, Fl
Question by awhiting2000
January 17, 2011
Please advise best ground cover for a Jacksonville residential garden that is effective in not allowing weeds to grow and will not die in freezing temperatures. It is to replace a lawn that we no longer want.


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Answer from NGA
January 17, 2011

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There are several low growing groundcovers for you to consider: Bugle weed (Ajuga reptans) is about 2 inches in height and develops 6" spikes of blue flowers each spring. The spikes die down on their own or you can run a lawn mower over the entire bed once the flowers are spent. Cape-weed, lippia matchweed (Phyla nodiflora) grows about 3 inches in height; Carolina yellow jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) grows 6" in height; Lilyturf, liriope (Liriope muscari) reaches 8 to 12 inches in height. Hope one of these suggestions is just right for your landscape.

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