Post a reply

Avatar for danielgoldbe
Mar 22, 2020 9:37 AM CST
Thread OP
St. Paul, Mi

I live at the 45th parallel in WI. My wife and I bought a house that has a good chunk of wooded area that was full of buckthorn and sticker bushes. We have mostly cleared it, but I know it will all just grow back if we don't put something else there.

So, what groundcover suggestions do you have for a partial/most shade area that has pretty good soil that that drains a little slow? Also, I need a lot of it! So something that propagates quickly would be good.

I've heard of creeping flox, would that be a good idea? I'm mostly a veggie gardener so this is newer ground for me.


Mar 22, 2020 9:41 AM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Level 1
Lamiums, some of which can be aggressive, vinca's, lily of the valley. Creeping phlox needs sun
As Yogi Berra said, β€œIt's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
Last edited by crawgarden Mar 22, 2020 9:41 AM Icon for preview
Mar 28, 2020 12:55 PM CST
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
Bookworm Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: Missouri Native Plants and Wildflowers Roses
Region: United States of America Zinnias Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
I would look for natives. Lily of the valley is also aggressive and chokes out alot of the good plants.

Different ferns, wild ginger, Solomon's Plume - Maianthemum racemosum- likes wetter feet usually, mayapples, and there are some others.

A good source is

I would also call or email them if you have questions about certain plants they have.
Avatar for BurtieR
Apr 14, 2020 4:18 PM CST
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Something native would be awesome and beneficial, they have deeper roots that help with the excess moisture.

Golden Groundsel (Packera obovata) is pretty aggressive and hardy. Not sure how wet your conditions are compared to what they like. For reference we put it in the south facing yard (clay soil) as ground cover around some shrubs (some shade) and we are happy with it. One of the first things to be green thru winter. Looks particularly nice in masses, especially when in bloom. and of course it's good for pollinators. I'd estimate that the plugs grew 4X in size since we put them in a year ago, not sure, one of the fast growing plants for us that we have put in so far.

I bought ours at prairie nursery. I'm not allowed to post links as a new poster, but if you go to the website, you can use their search bar to find it. They also have a list of other groundcovers you can check out.

Though they don't have Golden Groundsel, Agrecol nursery in wisconsin is another good seller. I recommend taking a look. They sell reasonable price plugs trays or even mats with seeds sowed in. I've bought from them a few years in a row and emailed and called a few times for quick answers to questions.
Again, I can't post the link but they come up easy in a search.

Depending on how much room you have and ground to cover, possibly could also think about adding some under story shrubs like dogwood shrubs. Red twig dogwood can be nice.
Last edited by BurtieR Apr 15, 2020 9:10 PM Icon for preview
May 22, 2020 4:26 AM CST
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Bee Lover Butterflies Dahlias Seed Starter Winter Sowing Region: Wisconsin
I also recommend:

Prairie Moon Nursery out of Winona MN (I too can't post a link, too new here!)
I've had luck ordering from them in the past. Items arrive quickly and in good shape. I've ordered the wild ginger for a shaded area in my space. I've also ordered their wildflower seeds for a wedding gift that the couple say are now doing wonderfully and in bloom surprising them with what has come up.

Also with lily of the valley(or any plant for that matter) you may want to read up on toxicity to pets.
Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle ... a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the anticipation nurtures our dream."
β€” Barbara Winkler
Last edited by ScarletTricycle May 22, 2020 4:26 AM Icon for preview
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.
Member Login:

( No account? Join now! )

Today's site banner is by Baja_Costero and is called "Aloe mawii in bloom"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.