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Re: Ground cover

That's interesting, Theresa.  Here in the Hudson Valley, lily of the valley
grows right through my black-top drive and takes over all the rough places.
Sweet woodruff makes a nice border along the fence in the vegetable
garden, but in no way seems invasive - it's been there at least 30 years
and hasn't really spread a lot.  I doubt it would take much foot-traffic.  
Obviously lily of the valley takes all kind of traffic - even automobiles -
but it can get pretty ratty looking.  What  has just about taken over my 
so-called lawn is Ajuga, including a purple-leaved variety.  Nothing
seems to faze it.  It doesn't even mind being mowed.  I don't particularly
like it, but around here it seems to be the most durable, satisfactory
ground-cover.  That might not be true in another climate.
In a message dated 5/30/2008 1:39:07 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
macycat3@sbcglobal.net writes:

It is funny how different plants behave depending on where they are 
located.  When I was growing up (western New York state) we had lily of 
the valley and it was very well behaved- would have liked to to spread 
more actually.  On the other hand, the stupid sweet woodruff took over 
the universe.  I have not so fond memories of pulling and digging it out 
of beds and the lawn every year.  We never did get rid of it : (  Feel 
sorry for whomever owns that house now!!

Kitty wrote:
> Just my opinion, but I wouldn't advise putting in Lily of the Valley.  
> It goes everywhere, and is hard to eradicate.  The sweet woodruff is 
> easier. If it goes where it shouldn't, just give a tug and out it comes.
> A favorite of mine is Green & Gold, Chrysogonum virginicum.  Puts up 
> with a lot and generally looks nice most of the time.  It's an east 
> coast plant, perhaps it has a counterpart species on the west.
> Kitty
> neIN, Zone 5
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Judy Browning" <judylee@lewiston.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2008 9:04 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Ground cover
>> sweet woodruff, Galium odoratum  Not sure how it will stand up to
>> traffic,but it spreads & fills in fairly quickly. Maybe interplanted 
>> with
>> lily-of-the-valley?
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "james singer" 
>> <islandjim1@comcast.net>
>> To: "Garden Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
>> Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2008 4:37 PM
>> Subject: [CHAT] Ground cover
>>> Looking for ground cover suggestions. It's shady and gets a lot of  
>>> foot
>>> traffic [dog foot traffic, that is]. Is astroturf the only  sensible
>>> answer?

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