shady backyard - Knowledgebase Question

louisville, Ke
Question by cbrooks565
March 27, 2010
I have a shady backyard and would like to see green insist of mud. I have tried to grow grass spsecificly for shade but it does not make it. I have put down pathers and I'm looking for something to plant that will give me a grass like appearance and handle light foot traffice.

Answer from NGA
March 27, 2010


There are a couple of plants you might consider as alternative to grass; Mentha Nana is a Dwarf Pennyroyal. It is a creeping herb that sends out the aroma of mint when walked on. Light lavender flowers in summer. Ophiopogon japonicus nana (Dwarf Mondo Grass) is a low growing ornamental grass with green blades that resemble a head of hair. Deep blue fruit in summer is quite ornamental. Nice low groundcover that is slow to spread. Use instead of turf as a lawn substitute. Origanum vulgare Aureum (Golden Marjoram) is a super tough perennial herb that has a lovely golden, aromatic foliage covered by tall pink flowers in summer. You can mow this if it gets too high. Hope these suggestions are helpful!

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