creeping plant recommendations - Knowledgebase Question

Binghamton, Ne
Question by flsigler
May 29, 2009
We have 130' of sloped bank full sun on cayuga lake in Union Springs, NY that I would like to beautify with a drought tolerant, easy to grow & maintain creeping plant, possibly with flowers that does not attract bees or deer and would look beautiful from spring through frost.

Answer from NGA
May 29, 2009


Some of the best groundcover plants for your growing region include Leadwort
(Ceratostigma plumbaginoides), Mat forming 8-12 inches high. Lime-green foliage with tinges of red and clear blue star-shaped flowers with red seedheads, summer to fall. Full sun to partial shade. Grows best in dry soils. Vigorous grower.

Liriope (Liriope spicata) Clump forming 8-12 inches high, Dark green grass-like evergreen foliage, summer flower spikes in shades from light purple to violet. Full sun to partial shade.

Lady?s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) Clump forming 12-18 inches high. Large round light green-gray leaves sparkle when holding moisture droplets. Sprays of small yellowgreen
flowers in summer.

Coral Bells (Heuchera americana ?Chocolate Veil?) Clump forming 18-24 inches high Deep maroon foliage, small delicate pink flowers on tall flower spikes.

Moss Phlox (Phlox subulata ?Emerald Blue?) Mat forming 4-6 inches high Profusion of early spring blue blooms, glossy evergreen foliage. Full sun. Tolerates drought and even a little salt.

Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii ?Walker?s Low?) Upright and sprawling 18-24 inches high Green-grey foliage. Long lasting blue flowers in spring/ summer.

Hope one of these plants is just right for your landscape!

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