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lilyrose70
Apr 30, 2017 1:21 PM CST
I am looking for some imput for non-invasive perennial ground covers to plant in my perennial flower garden.
My perennial garden is in full sun. I do not want anything that would destroy my beautiful perennials.
I've heard about ajuga, just not sure. Also, lamium, and not sure of that one either.

I would greatly appreciate any impute.


I'm in zone 6 Thanks for you help
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Apr 30, 2017 7:16 PM CST
Welcome!

How big are the plants in your perennial garden? Lamium gets about 10" tall - that might be a little large for a ground cover depending upon what plants you are trying to plant around. And some Lamiums can get out of hand. If you choose that, do your research first.

I personally like Ajuga but it could crowd out some perennials. If you are planting it around shrubs or evergreens, it would be fine. On top of something that completely disappears for the winter, like bush Peonies, not so much. Some gardeners find it invasive though.

I have creeping thyme in my perennial garden. It works well for me and the herbaceous perennials seem to come up through it just fine. It is short and blooms most of the summer. The bonus is that you can walk on it without causing any damage.
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NJBob
Apr 30, 2017 7:26 PM CST
Thyme, ice plants and some smaller sedums would be good choices. Knowing your location would help.
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DaisyI
Apr 30, 2017 7:31 PM CST
Knowing what the perennials are would also help. Ice plants and sedums can't take the moisture in the type of Alpine meadow I am visualizing.
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