Grass or plants for low maintenance area - Knowledgebase Question

Richmond, Vi
Question by Mwthompson11
February 25, 2010
On the front porch I have an awning. So there is little sunlight and no rain. What can I plant or beautify that area?

Answer from NGA
February 25, 2010


Grass won't grow without lots of sunshine but you can plant groundcovers that thrive in dry shade such as Moss pink or creeping phlox. It is commonly used as a rock garden plant, but it also forms an effective ground cover on poor, bare soils where there is little competition. It forms a dense mat of moss-like foliage, which is covered in spring with masses of flowers in pink, purple, or white. The liriopes or lilyturfs are very versatile grass-like ground covers that adapt to a wide range of conditions, including drought and salt spray. Most cultivars do well in heavy shade or full sun, although some cultivars, especially the variegated ones, are better used in shade. Hope one of these suggestions is just right for the area.

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