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,
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!!
> 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.
> neIN, Zone 5
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>> sweet woodruff, Galium odoratum Not sure how it will stand up to
>> traffic,but it spreads & fills in fairly quickly. Maybe interplanted
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "james singer"
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>>> Looking for ground cover suggestions. It's shady and gets a lot of
>>> traffic [dog foot traffic, that is]. Is astroturf the only sensible
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