The focus of my landscaping over the past few years has been to develop most of the garden structure and fill in the beds with the bones and highlights. That has meant that most of my planting activities have been around trees, shrubs and some perennials for colour. In the back of my mind has been the idea to fill in the base underneath all of my plantings with solid ground cover. I’d like to increase the use of groundcover in my gardens to help transition between garden beds but also to help reduce the amount of mulching I need to do each year to help with weed control.
Some of the groundcovers I already have in my garden include:
- Geranium macrorrhizum (Bigroot Geranium) pictured above
- Ajuga reptans – purple leaved variety in small doses as I find it can suffer from winter kill
- Asarum canadense – Canadian Wild Ginger – small planting just establishing
- Galium odoratum – Sweet Woodruff – in woodland garden carefully controlled
- Lysimachia nummularia – Golden Creeping Jenny – in ornamental gardens again carefully controlled
- Rhus aromatica – Gro Lo Sumac
- Pachysandra terminalis – Japanese Spurge – in ornamental gardens
- Podophyllum peltatum – in woodland although it does go dormant in some areas
- Heuchera – several varieties
Mostly I’m looking for low growing groundcovers that will survive a zone 5 winter and deer. While I have lots of room for large spreaders, I don’t want anything too aggressive that I can’t control it (aka Bishop’s Weed!). If you have any suggestions I love to hear them. Shade or sun, doesn’t matter, I have plenty of room for both.