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Apr 19, 2020 4:44 PM CST
Located in NJ - Zone 6... Looking for recommendations on a "Shade Evergreen Ground Covering" and ideally Low in height. If possible fast-growing... needs to cover about 100-150 Sq ft area under a Norway Maple Tree (shade grass will just not grow). I keep coming up so much conflicting info when googling articles or just ads... Thank you!
Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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Apr 19, 2020 4:48 PM CST
Welcome! Jane.

I'm in a similar situation here in 7B. Too many trees makes growing any kind of grass next to impossible. I have pachysandra terminalis in one area, but it doesn't spread quickly and just would work where I really need something.

Have you tried vinca/periwinkle? It spreads... fast, is evergreen and has small flowers in spring. There are a number of varieties, from plain green to gold edges.

Good luck.
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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Apr 19, 2020 7:54 PM CST
Purple Wintercreeper but it can be invasive.
Name: Jewell
South Puget Sound (Zone 7a)
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May 22, 2020 8:24 AM CST
Soleirolia soleirolii, Asarum caudatum, Ajuga reptans, Galium odoratum, Dicentra eximia are the majority of the ground covers in my shade garden. (Common names are mother of thousands, BC ginger, ajuga, sweet woodruff and fern leaf bleeding hearts). BC ginger is my favorite for my bigger woodland area and you can use the leaves for tea. The second favorite and used around the house is mother of thousands. It really shows off smaller plants.
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central ohio (Zone 5b)
May 22, 2020 2:08 PM CST
@Jewell, the info I am finding for Soleirolia soleirolii is that it is only hardy to zone 9? Is it actually hardier, or does it reseed?
I'm assuming it is the one in the middle picture under the japanese painted fern? It looks lovely and I'm very intrigued.

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