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Re: Lawn substitutes


I'd love to do it all in liriope, but I have a LOT of area to cover (my
entire back yard) and 2 dogs..  :^(

----- Original Message -----
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, January 03, 2003 1:44 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Lawn substitutes


> Hmmm....Peggy...'sun loving' is rather out of my area:-)  What about
> one or more of the rug junipers? Or the sun-loving phlox (whatsis
> name?  can't think of it right now) or some heaths or a mix of the
> above?
>
> Or, try some ornamental grasses - Pennisetum 'Moudry' would seed
> around and fill in between any plants you planted...whack it down in
> early March is all you have to do to it.  Makes lovely low mounds of
> shiny green foliage with nearly black bottle brush inflorescence very
> late in the season.  If you want seed for that, I can get you any
> amount tho' it's probably pretty soggy right now.  Or any of several
> other ornamental grasses - unless you want it low.  Good old Liriope,
> while doing just fine in shade, also does well in sun and is very
> drought tolerant; deep rooted (good for holding slopes) and only
> needs a haircut in very early spring.  Has some very nice variegated
> clones, too. It's also easy from seed if you need vast quantities
> tho' it takes about 3 years for seedlings to start looking like much.
>
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > From: Peggy Elliott <pegster57@ntelos.net>
> >
> > sun loving ground cover would be more greatly appreciated.  Grass
> is a pain
> > in the *.
> > ideas?
> > -Peg zone 7 with red acidic clay and no patience for grass-fuss.
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