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Re: Ground cover

Hummingbirds like ajuga?  Really?  Wow.  Learn something new every single
day.  I've been trying to plant things that they like, so I don't have to keep
up with cleaning out a hummingbird feeder all the time.

----- Original
Message ----
From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CG/SCSRT"
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Friday, May 30,
2008 10:08:39 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Ground cover

I would love to have more
ajuga. I have a struggling patch of it - I
think it's "Caitlin's Giant" - in
my border. The hummingbirds are very
attracted to it when it blooms. I guess
it's too hot or dry here for it
to do well, even though it gets watered it
just doesn't spread.


-----Original Message-----
owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of
Sent: Friday, May 30, 2008 5:28 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Ground cover

That's interesting, Theresa.  Here in the
Hudson Valley, lily of the
grows right through my black-top drive and
takes over all the rough
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
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
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
> 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"
> To:
> 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
>> with
>> lily-of-the-valley?
>> ----- Original Message -----
From: "james singer"
>> <islandjim1@comcast.net>
>> To: "Garden Chat"
>> 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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