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Re: Groundcovers

Dear Judy,
I have an extensive experience with Pachysandra, or so I think.  I've had it in my gardens for over 23 years now and love it as much today and the first time I saw it.  I can be invasive, but it can easily be controlled.  Two patches have grown in my garden for 12 years (I brought it with me as it is an heirloom plant) and just this summer, I decided to cut it back as it was creeping into a walkway.  I simply took a square eged shovel and cut the clump about in half.  I got 62 starters out of that trimming and the plant looks great.  Of course, if you REALLY want to control it, you can but a barrier around it or but it back more often.  I love the fact that it is an evergreen perennial. 
Just this summer, I discovered a shiney leaved version and highly recommend it.  It is quite attractive although much harder to find.
Hope this helps.  Plant away! 
Andrew Lietzow
The Emerging Hostaholic
----- Original Message -----
From: Judy Bygd
Sent: Friday, September 08, 2000 9:33 PM
Subject: Groundcovers

Has anyone had experience with plantings of pachysandra near a hosta bed?  I'm not familiar with its growth habits and do not want to create any problems with it being too invasive. 
Is some type of edging advisible to keep it in check, or won't it be a problem?  The pachysandra would be growing in very sandy, rather dry soil on a hillside, and the hosta bed would be at the foot of the hill. 
I bought one plant this summer, and it survived in the sandy, dry soil without any additional watering. 
Judy Bygd

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