Ground cover - Knowledgebase Question

Modesto, Ca
Question by schoppet
June 21, 2006
Hi, I am looking for a ground cover plant to go in a 500 sq/ft area divided by a pea gravel path and include a couple of small trees. The area gets direct sun most of the day and watering is not a problem.We will not be walking in the area. A flowering plant easy to maintain that will spread quickly is what we have in mind. If you have any ideas it would greatly be appreciated. Thank You - Brian

Answer from NGA
June 21, 2006


Here are some suggestions if the soil might sometimes be hot to the touch, but several inches down, it is cool and damp, try Crocidum multicaule (Gold stars); Antennaria spp. (Pussytoes); Penstemon davidsonii (Penstemon); Heuchera cylindrica (Alumroot); Fragaria chiloensis (Beach strawberry); Eriophyllum lanatum (Oregon sunshine); Senecio canus (Woolly groundsel); Solidago spathulata (Spike goldenrod) or Wooly thyme. Low-growing junipers are always good candidates, as are Ajuga (carpet bugle) and Vinca minor. Hope one of these plants is just right for your landscape.

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