HOW AND WHERE CAN I APPLY GROUND COVERS?

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HOW AND WHERE CAN I APPLY GROUND COVERS?

This is possible on dry and shady soil, in the sun on sandy soil and there are ground covers for the north. We are happy to tell you more about it!

WHICH GROUND COVERS ARE BEST APPLIED TO DRY AND SHADY SOIL?

Do you suffer from dry soil or a shady garden and you don’t know which ground covers to choose? Check out the 21 best ground covers for a shady garden or on dry soil here.
Ground covers or ground covering plants help you to limit maintenance. After all, wherever plants grow, weeds do not have room. And because ground covers generally remain low, they are an excellent substitute for the lawn that needs to be mowed weekly.

1. ALCHEMILLA VULGARIS (LADY’S MANTLE)

The plant dies each winter and sprouts again in the spring. Just before sprouting, the old foliage can be cut off or removed.

Flower Color: Yellow
Flowering time: June August
Height: 30 cm
Leaf/foliage: Deciduous, green
Soil type: Any good garden soil
Light: Sun or shade
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2. ASARUM EUROPAEUM (MANSOOR)

The plant is evergreen, pruning is not necessary. At most, the old, unsightly leaf can now and then be cut away.

Flower Color: Discrete
Flowering time: March May
Height: 10 cm
Leaf/foliage: Evergreen, dark green
Soil type: Any good garden soil
Light: No hot afternoon sun

3. BUGLOSSOIDES PURPUROCAERULEA (PURPLE PEARL SEED)

This plant is sometimes forgotten, while it is a very rewarding ground cover on dry soil. The plant tolerates root pressure reasonably well and can therefore also be planted very well near shrubs. The discoloration of the flowers gives an extra cheerful effect!

Flower Color: First purple, later gentian blue
Flowering time: May – July
Height: 25 cm
Leaf/foliage: Deciduous, green
Soil type: Predominantly calcareous
Light: Sun or shade
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4. CERATOSTIGMA PLUMBAGINOIDES (LEADWORT)

The plant dies each winter and sprouts again in the spring. Just before sprouting, the old foliage can be cut off or removed.

Flower Color: Blue
Flowering time: August – October
Height: 30 – 35 cm
Leaf/foliage: Deciduous, green, red and orange in the fall
Soil type: Any soil type
Light: Sun or shade
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5. CONVALLARIA MAJALIS (LILY OF THE VALLEY)

The plant dies each winter and sprouts again in the spring. Just before sprouting, the old foliage can be cut off or removed.

Flower Color: white, fragrant
Flowering time: April May
Height: 15 – 20 cm
Leaf/foliage: Deciduous, green
Soil type: Any good garden soil
Light: Sun or shade
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6. CORNUS CANADENSIS (CANADIAN DOGWOOD)

The plant dies each winter and sprouts again in the spring. Just before sprouting, the old foliage can be cut off or removed.

Flower Color: cream white
Flowering time: June August
Height: 15 – 20 cm
Leaf/foliage: Deciduous, green, red in autumn
Soil type: Humus-rich soil
Light: Part shade to shade
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7. EPIMEDIUM X PERRALCHICUM ‘FROHNLEITEN’ (ELF FLOWER)

The plant is evergreen, pruning is not necessary. At most, the old, unsightly leaf can now and then be cut away.

Flower Color: Yellow
Flowering time: April May
Height: 20 – 30 cm
Leaf/foliage: Evergreen, glossy green, slightly bronze in winter
Soil type: Humus-rich, well-drained and fertile soil
Light: Preferably no full sun
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8. EUONYMUS FORTUNEI ‘EMERALD ‘N’ GOLD’ (CARDINAL’S HAT)

The plant does not really need to be pruned. To keep the plant in shape, the long shoots can be shortened in the spring and/or in the summer to maintain the shape of the plant.

Flower Color: White, unobtrusive
Flowering time: May June
Height: as shrub 50-60 cm, as espalier 300 cm
Leaf/foliage: Evergreen, green with yellow edge, red in winter
Soil type: Any soil type
Light: Sun or shade
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9. GERANIUM MACRORRHIZUM ‘BEVAN’S VARIETY’

The plant is evergreen, pruning is not necessary. At most, the old, unsightly leaf can now and then be cut away.

Flower Color: rose red
Flowering time: June July
Height: 25 – 40 cm
Leaf/foliage: Evergreen, green
Soil type: Any good garden soil
Light: Sun to partial shade
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10. GERANIUM NODOSUM (PEAK BEAK)

The plant dies each winter and sprouts again in the spring. Just before sprouting, the old foliage can be cut off or removed.

Flower Color: Lilac
Flowering time: May – September
Height: 30 – 45 cm
Leaf/foliage: Deciduous, glossy green
Soil type: Any soil type
Light: Sun or shade
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11. GERANIUM X CANTABRIGIENSE ‘BIOKOVO’ (PEAKBILL)

The plant dies each winter and sprouts again in the spring. Just before sprouting, the old foliage can be cut off or removed.

Flower Color: White
Flowering time: May June
Height: 20 – 25 cm
Leaf/foliage: Deciduous, bright green
Soil type: Any good garden soil
Light: Sun to partial shade

12. HEDERA HELIX (COMMON IVY)

Common ivy is a strong creeper that grows well in trees. The plant will flower only after 10-15 years. These flowering shoots are taken from cuttings and the plants that grow from them remain shrub-shaped.

Flower Color: Green yellow
Flowering time: September – October (after 10 years)
Height: 10 meters
Leaf/foliage: evergreen
Soil type: Any good garden soil
Light: Shade, half shade, sun
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13. HELLEBORUS FOETIDUS (STINKING HELLEBORE)

The plant is evergreen, pruning is not necessary. At most, the old, unsightly leaf can now and then be cut away.

Flower Color: Light green to yellow green
Flowering time: January – April
Height: 30 – 45 cm
Leaf/foliage: Evergreen, dark green, cut
Soil type: Humus-rich, well-drained soil
Light: semi shade
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14. LAMIUM MACULATUM ‘WHITE NANCY’ (SPOTTED DEAD NETTLE)

The plant is evergreen, pruning is not necessary. At most, the old, unsightly leaf can now and then be cut away.

Flower Color: White
Flowering time: April – July
Height: 15 cm
Leaf/foliage: Evergreen, white with narrow green margin
Soil type: Any good garden soil
Light: Sun or shade
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15. LIRIOPE MUSCARI (LILY GRASS)

A late flowering evergreen with graceful arching, grassy foliage and small spiked flowers. The plant forms somewhat runners and can be used well as a ground cover. Cultivars: ‘Big Blue’ has thicker flower spikes, ‘Moneymaker’ is one of the richest bloomers, narrow foliage, ‘Gold Banded’ is a strong selection and has broad yellow-striped foliage, ‘Ingwersen’ is a rich bloomer with dark violet flowers that rise well above the leaves are standing, ‘Monroe White’ flowers white.
Beautiful as an edging plant, or combine with, for example, elven flower (Epimedium) and ferns.

Flower Color: violet blue
Flowering time: August – October
Height: 20 – 30 cm
Leaf/foliage: Evergreen, green, lanceolate
Soil type: Nutrient-rich, acidic soil
Light: Sun to partial shade
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16. MAIANTHEMUM BIFOLIUM (VALLEY HERB)

This is a very good ground cover for under shrubs, because of the slightly spreading rhizomes.

Flower Color: White
Flowering time: May June
Height: 20 – 25 cm
Leaf/foliage: Deciduous, green
Soil type: Humus-rich soil
Light: No full sun

17. PACHYSANDRA TERMINALIS ‘GREEN CARPET’ (SHADOWWEED)

The plant is evergreen, pruning is not necessary. At most, the old, unsightly leaf can now and then be cut away.

Flower Color: White
Flowering time: March May
Height: 15 cm
Leaf/foliage: Evergreen, dark green
Soil type: All, sandy
Light: Shadow, half shadow
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18 SYMPHYTUM CAUCASICUM (BLUE COMFREY)

The plant dies each winter and sprouts again in the spring. Just before sprouting, the old foliage can be cut off or removed.

Flower Color: Blue
Flowering time: June August
Height: 30 – 80 cm
Leaf/foliage: Deciduous, grey-green
Soil type: Moist, nutrient-rich soil
Light: Preferably no full sun
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19. TRACHYSTEMON ORIENTALIS (ORIENTAL CUCUMBER HERB)

This is a very strong plant that flowers before the leaves appear. The plant grows widely by means of rhizomes. After flowering, the rough, heart-shaped leaves appear that quickly close together so that the bottom is completely covered.

Flower Color: Blue
Flowering time: April May
Height: 20 – 30 cm
Leaf/foliage: Deciduous, green, quite rough and coarse
Soil type: Any good garden soil
Light: Preferably no full sun

20. VINCA MINOR (PERIWINKLE)

The plant is evergreen, pruning is not necessary. At most, the old, unsightly leaf can now and then be cut away.

Flower Color: Blue
Flowering time: february – may
Height: 10 – 15 cm
Leaf/foliage: Evergreen, dark green
Soil type: Any good garden soil
Light: Sun or shade

21. WALDSTEINIA TERNATA (GOLDEN STRAWBERRY)

Although the golden strawberry likes to grow in slightly moist soil, it can also tolerate drought well. If it is too dry, the leaf will turn brown, but after a rain or spray shower, new leaves will quickly form.

Flower Color: Yellow
Flowering time: April May
Height: 10 – 20 cm
Leaf/foliage: Evergreen, green
Soil type: Any good garden soil
Light: Sun or shade
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YELLOW GROUND COVERS IN THE SUN WANTED ON SANDY SOIL

The easiest way to prevent burns is to plant suitable plants.
Alchemilla and Waldsteinia are (semi) shade plants and require a humous, slightly moist soil. Lysimachia can only be exposed to the sun when it is wet, for example on the edge of a natural pond. On non-humous sandy soil it is better to look for rock plants, which can tolerate the sun and like a dry growing spot.
shield seed, yellow, 5-7, 20 cm) is nice to try, ( yellow, 6-8, 15 cm ) is an option (though not a real ground cover), Helianthemum ( rockrose, yellow 5-8, 20 cm ) often does well on well-drained sandy soil, and also various Sedum species such as Sedum acre and Sedum kamtschaticum ( stonecrop, yellow, 5-15 cm ) will do well.
Mixing well-rotted fine compost into the soil before planting never hurts. The addition of humic material increases the moisture-retaining capacity of the soil.

WHAT ARE NICE GROUND COVERS FOR THE NORTH?

Ground covers should in any case be permanent, perennial plants and a location on the north means: no direct irradiation from the sun and often a somewhat shady spot.
Various types of creeping shrubs and mat-like expanding perennials are eligible. First of all, natural ivy ( Hedera ), especially small-leaved and variegated cultivars. The latter also brighten up such a shady spot nicely. Variegated periwinkle ( Vinca ) does that too. Those are in fact shrubs. Of the perennials are elven flowers( Epimedium ) quite suitable. Most of them also bloom beautifully. This is also the case with a knotweed ( Persicaria affinis ). The first bloom in April-May, the knotweed in August-October. Finally, a nice recommendation: Waldsteinia geoides (fresh green leaves, flowers yellow in April-May).

GROUND COVER WANTED FOR SLOPE, WHERE SALT IS ALSO SPRINKLED

In any case, apply a generous layer of mulch or a ground cover of wood chips in the area where road salt can end up.
Road salt and plants are not a good combination.
In addition, I would opt for a shrub as a ground cover, instead of perennials. The shrubs grow somewhat coarser and wider, which means that the first row of plants can be placed at a slightly greater distance from the road side. if road salt comes along, then at most the tendrils are damaged, and not the root ball.
Depending on the soil type, moisture condition and location (sun or shade), you could try Cotoneaster dammeri , Lonicera japonica (honeysuckle), Euonymus or Hedera (ivy).

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