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By Barbara W. Ellis

Searching for an alternative choice to a conventional garden? Covering Ground explores hundreds of thousands of amazing percentages. Flowering vegetation, herbs, mosses, ground-hugging shrubs, and heathers, planted singly or in inventive combos, can upload curiosity, beauty, and drama to in a different way boring and usual components. And hardscape thoughts, similar to bluestone, beaten gravel, brick, or shredded bark mulch, can create pathways and outline borders. You'll be encouraged by way of those low-maintenance, artistic principles, and Barbara Ellis comprises all the details you want to effectively pick out, plant, and deal with the floor covers that you just decide upon.

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Used as ground covers around perennials in a newly planted flower bed, they’ll cut down on weeds and cover the soil too. Just as important, their flowers or foliage will add color and give the planting a lusher, fuller look for the first season or two. Once you see the effect, you may find you want to add some annuals to perennial plantings beds every year. ), sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima), mountain spinach (Atriplex hortensis), ornamental sweet potatoes (Ipomoea Grown as annuals in northern zones, gazanias (Gazania ringens) can be used for temporary cover where they are not hardy.

Consult local experts or your local Cooperative Extension Service to determine the best time to plant. You’ll have to kill existing vegetation to sow or plant, and the plantings will need regular weeding until they are established. After that, they’ll survive with little more than an occasional weeding to remove woody plants and an annual mowing or burning, a method used to revitalize prairie plantings, which burn periodically in nature. Beds of ground covers aren’t the first things that spring to mind when discussing gardens designed to attract wildlife, but there’s no reason they can’t play a role.

Moss pink (Phlox subulata), and lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina), to name a few. Shrubs such as bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) and dwarf conifers make interesting additions. Drifts of compatible ground covers can be used to create a gardenlike planting for nearly any site. The colorful blanket for this sunny slope consists of ‘Silver Queen’ white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ‘Silver Queen’), black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’), and Amsonia hubrectii. C R E AT I N G C O M B I N AT I O N S 43 Temporary Fillers Annuals are an inexpensive option for filling an area temporarily.

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