Blooming Ground Cover For Zone 5-7 - Knowledgebase Question

E, SC
Question by suhoco
April 27, 2002
Please suggest a blooming ground cover for zone 5-7 for an area that receives mostly sun.


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Answer from NGA
April 27, 2002

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There are many plants that bloom and can be used as a groundcover, depending on the height you truly need. Soil conditions, such as fertility, pH and moisture levels, would also play a major role in the selection process. A low growing plant to consider might be phlox stolonifera, another might be the dianthus called "Bath's Pink"; a taller blooming plant that can also be used as a ground cover might be black eyed Susan or Rudbeckia hirta or even daylilies (Hemerocallis). These grow well in sunny to partly sunny locations in zones 5 through 7. Your local county extension might also be able to make some suggestions based on the localized growing conditions and additional information about the location and its microclimate.

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