Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
Like carpeting in a house, ground cover is the last thing to go into the landscaping. Groundcovers serve more than one purpose in the garden. Undervalued, and improperly used, groundcovers are the Cinderella of the landscape. These plants are living mulch, suppressing weeds, conserving moisture, and reducing maintenance. They are the workhorses of the plant world. Groundcovers add another dimension of color and texture by complementing and enhancing the plants they support. We use many varieties of ground cover including dozens of Sedum varieties, Mazus Reptans, Ajuga, and Pachysandra to name a few. The variation is varieties is astonishing. Virtually any color or texture can be found to balance and enhance a garden. Ground covers, when chosen well, can be as beautiful as they are useful. They give the finishing touch that elevates the landscaping to the realm of fine art.