ground cover - Knowledgebase Question

Question by WNARDONE
October 20, 2009
I am on a committee in my condo, and we have large area's that desperately need ground cover, there is no water for these pllansts, alot of shade, and trees, we don't want vines to be climbing up the trees, we would love to have a ground cover that has a flower for color, we need your help.

Answer from NGA
October 20, 2009


It's difficult to find drought tolerant shade loving plants that flower! Here are a couple of suggestions:
Geranium nodosum: This attractive groundcover blooms all summer and is tolerant of diverse habitats. It has glossy leaves and notched, 1.25-inch lilac-pink flowers with darker veins. This subtle beauty is happy growing in dry, full shade.

Lamium galeobdolon 'Hermann's Pride' (commonly called Deadnettle, yellow archangel): It?s small, yes, but this plant is nothing if not bold. The high contrast between the silvery body of the leaves and their green veins makes ?Hermann?s Pride? stand out even among bright flowers. Blooming in late spring, the pure yellow of the small flowers makes it even more eye-catching. Unlike the rampantly creeping variegated yellow lamium (Lamium galeobdolon 'Variegatum'), the lamium cultivar ?Hermann?s Pride? is a slow-growing, clump-forming treasure that grows like a small bush, beautiful in foliage and flower. Ever-fresh leaves are jagged edged and etched with silver. Masses of bright, yellow-lipped flowers complement the foliage in late spring to early summer.

Hosta 'Fortunei Albo-marginata': Bold, large, shield-shaped leaves with a deep green center and creamy-white margins turn white with age. Funnel-shaped mauve flowers borne on leafy scapes 32 inches long appear in midsummer. A shade lover, hosta thrives in moist, even wet, soil, but also tolerates dry shade.

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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