ground cover - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by terkat85
February 7, 2009
my front yard is dirt, can i plant vines instead of grass? if i can what kind? thank you for your help.


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Answer from NGA
February 7, 2009

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I think your idea is a perfect one! No mowing, no weeding, just pure enjoyment when you replace lawn with a groundcover. You have lots of choices! Here are some suggestions:
ALLGEHENY PACHYSANDRA, Pachysandra procumbens
ALUM ROOT, Heuchera americana
BLOODROOT, Sanguinaria canadensis
BLUE BELLS, Mertensia virginica
BLUE COHOSH, Caulophyllum thalictroides
BLUE GARDEN VIOLETS, Viola papilionacia
BLUE LOBELIA, Lobelia siphilitica
DUTCHMAN'S BREECHES, Dicentra cucullaria
EVERGREEN GINGER, Asarum Arifolium
IRIS CRESTATA, Crested Dwarf Iris
JACK-IN-THE-PULPITS, Arisaema triphyllum
JACOB'S LADDER, Smilax hebacea
LARKSPUR WILD BLUE, Delphinium tricome
PARTRIDGE BERRY, Mitchella repens, Red Berry
PHLOX DIVARICATA, Fragrant
QUEEN ANN'S LACE, Daucus carota
SHOOTING STARS, Dodecatheon meadia
SOLOMON'S SEAL, Polygonatum biflorum
SPIDERWART, Trades Cantia subaspera
SPOTTED WINTERGREEN, Chimaphila maculata
TICKSEED, Coreopsis major
VIOLETS, Birds Foot, Purple
VIOLETS, Viola, Mixed Colors
VIOLETS, Viola blanda, White
WHITE BANEBERRY, Actae pachypoda

Ajuga, Euonymus, Pachysandra and Virginia creeper are also great ground cover plants. Best wishes with your garden!

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