Curbside appeal - Knowledgebase Question

Los Angeles, Ca
Question by dansuzlaw
October 29, 2009
We have 2 sections of dirt/grass area near the curb in front of our house. Since we live in So. California, I'd like to do something other than plant grass because of the bad drought season we are experiencing. There are two relatively new trees there but do you have suggestions for ground cover around the trees.

Answer from NGA
October 29, 2009


There are a number of plants you can use rather than planting grass in the area. For a grassy look, how about Lirope? It produces tufts of foliage and seasonal flowers. Or, Phlox grows into a mat and provides seasonal color; Vinca minor is always a nice groundcover, but it grows about 8-10" high making it difficult to walk on. A final suggestion is carpet bugle (Ajuga). This ground-hugging evergreen produces deep blue spires of color in the early summer. Hope one of these suggestions is just right for your landscape.

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