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


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Answer from NGA
June 21, 2006

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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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