Ground Cover - Knowledgebase Question

Bethlehem, PA
Question by mdllnk
January 10, 2001
I am looking for a ground cover for a hill behind my garden. I spent the last two months clearing the hill. The garden at the bottom of the hill is the size of half a football feild. I put alot of time and effort in this garden. I am finally ready to do the hill area which is about 30 ft. by 100 ft. It gets afew hours of sun in the morning and then partial sun til about three o'clock.What ground cover can I put there, that grows fast and will not cost alot of money? I am even willing to try seeds, but I have not even a thumb for seeds let alone a green one? A friend of mine said I should try crown vetch. Can you buy seeds for this plant? HELP ME! I would be ever so grateful.


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Answer from NGA
January 10, 2001

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Although crown vetch is used for groundcover, in my experience it is not all that well suited to ornamental use at home. You might be happier with the year round appearance of an evergreen such as English ivy (Hedera helix)or possibly the matt forming, spring blooming creeping phlox. Both of these are available in the spring as small inexpensive starts and will spread to fill in the area relatively quickly.

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