ground cover - Knowledgebase Question

port orchard, Wa
Question by janegrace44
May 20, 2010
need suggestions for total shade ground cover for between flagstones

Answer from NGA
May 20, 2010


There are several plants you might consider: Arenaria balearica "Corsican Sandwort" produces low, dense mats of moss-like foliage and makes an excellent ground cover for shady, damp areas. Dainty white flowers completely cover it in the spring. Cymbalaria aequitrilobia, or Mini Kenilworth Ivy has tiny, green kidney shaped leaves that creep and hold tight to any rock or crevice. Dwarf purple flowers bloom continuously throughout the summer. Erinus alpinus "Balsam" is a low growing carpet of olive green serrated tufts. Lovely spikes of violet flowers bloom in late spring and engulf the entire plant. Super tough plant; loves being neglected. Herniaria glabra "Green Carpet" is another option. Tiny tight green leaves on creeping stems form an extremely dense evergreen ground-cover. Foliage turns red during winter for great winter interest. Tiny white star flowers in summer. Hope one of these suggestions is just right for your landscape.

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