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Re: Ground cover

I have ajuga too. Planted it on purpose and now pull most of what I find. It even likes sunny areas. Jim, I can send you starts of Ajuga, Convularia & Galium odoratum. I also have an upright pass-along fern that spreads. Narrow vase shape, bright light green shade, sun, anywhere. Or that Viola I sent Jesse. I won't miss a few starts of that. You may need to fence off small areas for a year to let the plants get established or just plant along the edges or by rocks & such. (on the side they don't mark.) I could send a box next week? Other ideas Bunchberry Cornus canadensis, dwarf bamboos, pulmonaria, lamium (Creeping Nancy deadnettle), hosta ----- Original Message ----- From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, May 30, 2008 5:28 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] 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.

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
----- Original Message ----- From: "james singer"
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
traffic [dog foot traffic, that is]. Is astroturf the only  sensible

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