evergreen low groundcover for zone 7 - Knowledgebase Question

Randallstown, MD (Zone 7A)
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Question by iamaexpert
April 22, 2006
I'd like to replace my grass on two very small hills, and need a low-growing evergreen groundcover. No real foot traffic, and the purpose is to avoid mowing and to establish the foundation for a perennial garden. What do you suggest?

Answer from NGA
April 22, 2006
If the area is sunny, you could use a variety of plants such as low growing junipers, creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) or creeping thyme. In a shady area you could use pachysandra, Vinca minor, or something more interesting such as Sarcococca. Groundcovers by definition are somewhat aggressive spreaders, so depending on how/when you expect to plant perennials there you may just want to start out with the perennials. Your local county extension and professionally trained garden center staff may have additional suggestions based on a more detailed understanding of your planting area and your design goals. Good luck with your project!

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