Ground Covers - Knowledgebase Question

Birmingham, Al
Question by henrymellen
November 19, 2009
When is a good time to plant ground covers & what kind of ground covers will grow under scrubs/bushes i.e. box woods?

Answer from NGA
November 19, 2009


Some great groundcovers to consider include Ajuga (Ajuga reptans) which grows only 3-4" tall and develops spikes of blue/violet flowers inthe spring. Liriope (Liriope muscari) grows up to 12" high so it might compete with your shrubs, depending upon their size, but it handles all kinds of growing situations and produces white flowers in the summer time. Mondo (Ophiopogon japonicus) also grows higher - between 6 and 12 inches tall. It's a clumping, spreading plant and remains green all year around. A final suggestion is Moss verbena (Verbena tenuisecta Purple), with a moss-like carpet of foliage, which seemed to almost always have a few flowers. Sometimes it was literally covered with dark purple blooms. Hope one of these suggestions is just right for your landscape. Plant in the spring or in the fall. Enjoy!

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