Ground Cover plants - Knowledgebase Question

Burien, WA
Question by michaelsco3
July 29, 2005
I'm looking for a plant that could be used as ground cover, partial sun to deep shade on an approximately 45 degree bank, which is approximately 500 square feet. Ideally, a juniper-like plant that grows well in shade, about 18 -24 inches tall, and grows horizontally would work. It must be hardy and low maintenance. The plant would basically cover the bare spot created with vegetation removal and prevent water erosion.

Answer from NGA
July 29, 2005


You'll probably want to plant at least two types of groundcover plants; Junipers thrive in full sunshine, in average garden soil that drains quickly. They simply will not survive in a shady garden bed. In addition to junipers, why not consider skimmia, pieris, euonymus or daphne odora in the partly shady areas and azalea in the full shade? You'll get the added bonus of seasonal blooms with these shrubs. Best wishes with your landscaping!

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