|We have recently rented a house with ugly, hedges in the front. They bear no flowers and are very plain. I would love to add some color, maybe something that blooms year-round underneath. They are approx 4 foot high with almost 1 foot of just ugly trunks. We recently purchased some lantanas. They are almost like a ground cover they come in yellow and purple. Would these do ok under/ in front of the hedges? Or any other suggestions?|
|Lantana is a sun loving spreading plant and will grow upwards of 2' tall and spread out to about 6'. If you have plenty of room, it's a good choice for beneath your hedge. If your area is much smaller than that, you can plant something that remains a bit smaller. Lamium (spotted dead nettle) grows lower and produces purple flowers; Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) is a slow spreading, mound forming evergreen groundcover growing from 8?12 inches tall. It prefers full sun and must have well-drained soil. I has white flowers in mid-spring; Barren Strawberry (Waldsteinia ternata) is a good general-purpose groundcover for full sun to partial shade. Grows 4?6 inches tall and forms a slow spreading mat. Yellow strawberry-like flowers in early spring. Wedge shaped dark green leaves turn bronze in fall. |
Other groundcovers to consider include vinca minor and ajuga. Both will grow happily beneath shrubs or trees, in sun or shade.
Best wishes with your garden!