Searching For Ground Cover Options - Knowledgebase Question

Hutchinson, MN
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Question by neldairy
May 11, 2001
I'm looking to reduce the size of my 3 acre lawn by planting low growing ground covers. I don't know what to use or what is available for full sun, zones 3-4, relatively low growing and flowers for most of the summer.

Answer from NGA
May 11, 2001
Here are some possibilities. You might want to try several in different patches to see what performs best in your conditions. Wooly yarrow (Achillea tomentosa) makes a flat mat of deep green hairy leaves with golden flowers on 6-10 inch stems in summer. Takes full sun and moderate water. Carpet bugle (Ajuga reptans) spreads quickly with runners. It has flowers on 4 inch spikes. Many varieties are available. However, it is susceptible to rot if drainage is poor. It takes full sun and regular water. Arenaria is often used as a lawn substitute. It has small white flowers in late spring and summer. It takes full sun and regular water. Phlox subulata (Moss Pink) reaches about 6 inches high. It blooms in late spring or early summer. There are many varieties available. Evergreen candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) is 8-12 inches high with shiny dark green leaves. There are many varieties with different bloom times. Some flowers are tall enough to use as cut flowers.

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