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Re: Lawn substitutes

How about creeping thyme?  It doesn't seem to mind my black clay and it loves sun.  Plus it smells mahvelous dahling!

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Peggy Elliott" <pegster57@ntelos.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Sat, 4 Jan 2003 07:10:07 -0500

>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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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A

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