Recommended ground covers beneath dwarf conifers.

ingeborgdotApril 22, 2012

I am looking for some good suggestions for some ground covers beneath some dwarf conifers. Some are pine along with spruce etc. I would love some yellows if possible. Any other color would be great too but I need some splashes of yellow to pep it up. I was wondering if anyone has used lamium aurea? I have seen pics but can't find it for a resonable price on the internet. NO one around my area carries it as with many ground covers. Anyone care to let me in on their secrets for finding good ground covers and what they have used and where they got them? Thanks.

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ricksample(6)

Opinions on this will vary widely here on this forum. Some prefer no ground covers, others prefer conifer ground covers, while others prefer perennial evergreen ground covers. I posted a thread about this about a month ago and got some very good responces.

This spring I have used a combination of the three:

Around my smaller conifers I use sedum, Theme, phlox, Ajuga Black Scallop.

In the more open larger areas I use stuff such as Juniperus horizontalis 'Mother Lode', Juniperus horizontalis 'Gold Strike', etc.

Around my larger conifers such as Picea pungens 'Hoopsii' I use nothing since these plants hug the ground and require no face plants.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 7:52AM
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ingeborgdot

Have you ever seen a yellow erica? What about the lamium aruea?
Of all the pictures of conifers I have seen, the ones with some ground covers always appeal most to me.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 9:17AM
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harv2016

I use all four types of ground covers in my gardens, none, vegatative, wood chips and ground hugging conifers. Like to think there's a use for all of them. My favorite is moss phlox, but can be a real rabbitt food. The other ones are various sedums and others I've since forgot the names of. But over the years I've propigated and they spread and just start to pop up every where. Been experimenting with a ground hugging geranium that shows promise as a ground cover

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 9:45AM
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ricksample(6)

Amazing Photos!!! Great inspiration.... job well done! That's right up there with Dave's garden.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 10:19AM
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firefightergardener(7/8)

Great photos!

Personally I like sedums, lithodora and heaths/heathers. Gives you some strong colors to contrast with the plants.

-Will

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 12:30PM
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Windhaven(5- Midstate IL)

Thanks for posting all the pictures guys! Wow!

I like the variety too, especially mixed with rockwork.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 9:44PM
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ingeborgdot

Where do you get your heaths and heathers? Do you have any erica or is that the same thing?

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 9:53PM
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ingeborgdot

Where is the best place to buy the best assortments of groundcovers. I thought I found a place but when I call I never get an answer and email I got one over a week later. I don't like when communication is bad. Where can I look online? Thanks.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 11:59AM
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firefightergardener(7/8)

Erica and Calluna are the two I have I think, heaths and heathers. Bright colors, year-round, some may not like very very cold weather, so please do the proper research. I buy almost all of mine in little pots from the company below, out of Washington state.

Here is a link that might be useful: Great source of Winter color and conifer ground covers

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 1:32PM
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ingeborgdot

Thanks.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 2:07PM
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ingeborgdot

What are the bright orange plants in your picture?

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 2:10PM
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firefightergardener(7/8)

Attached link 'Robert Chapman'. Beautiful in cool Springs.

Here is a link that might be useful: 'Robert Chapman'

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 4:00PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

Where do you get your heaths and heathers? Do you have any erica or is that the same thing?

===>>>

none of them will live in z5 ...

well.. to be totally correct.. they will live until a z5 winter ...

unless you just want to play the zone pushing thing ....

though i would not be surprised for someone to roll in here and claim there is ONE that will ...

you better learn quickly .. to read a responders ZONE .. before you go off.. half cocked on their recommendations ..

let me suggest that Will FFB has thousands of things in his zone 7/8 garden .. that you can dream and drool over.. that will never be good for you in z5 ...

just like i have lots of things in my z5.. that dave cant grow in his z5 st louis .. or kansas city.. or wherever he is today .. lol ... [how in the heck can you have a town in two different states .... with the same name .. WHAT .. the peeps on the other side of the river could not come up with a different name.. what.. was sobriety an issue back then ... well dduuhhh.. i cant think of anything original .. lets just use the same name .. whats that all about.. but i digress]

ken

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 4:43PM
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ingeborgdot

Zone 5 is a wide term. I am considered a zone 5 for some reason. I have lived here 31 years and it has never gone below 9 below and that was for a one hour period. The last bunch of winters have not gone below 0 and this last winter did not get below I think 15. I am really a zone 6 or with the microclimate I have created in my yard even maybe higher. I have been growing zone 6 and even some zone 7 things for many, many years now with great success. I don't read zone maps, just my thermometer and look at my zone 6 and 7 plants growing.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 12:22AM
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ingeborgdot

Will, thanks for the link to the heather etc. Do you know of any other places that sell other ground covers. I did not find any sedums etc. at that sight, unless I am blind and missed it.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 10:30AM
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maple_grove_gw

Did you look at Bluestone perennials? They usually have a wide selection.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bluestone perennials

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 11:14AM
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ingeborgdot

I found some great looking sedum when I was in San Francisco last week. It was in many of their troughs along the streets. It was yellowish in color. Anyone that has been to San Fran and knows what it is? Thanks.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2012 at 10:17PM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

'Angelina'? I have a yellow Sedum, but I'm not too fond of it because it seems to clash with everything around it.
I use all sorts of groundcovers. It's a matter of scale. The smaller the conifers, the smaller the groundcover. The larger the trees and shrubs, the larger and more vigorous the groundcover.

I use Sedum, Creeping Phlox, Vinca Minor, Hardy Geranium, Verbena, Pachysandra, Alpine Strawberries, Hardy Cyclamen, and Armeria. The trick is to match the groundcover to the trees and shrubs and make sure one doesn't over run the other. Again, it's a matter of scale.

Oh, and woodchips.
Mike

    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 6:48AM
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ingeborgdot

I guess everyone has their own eye for things. I have
Arabiscaucasia Compinkie
Aubrieta Cascade Purple
Delosperma Table Mountain Delosperma 'John Proffitt'
Delosperma Yellow Ice Plant
Herniaria glabra 'Rupturewort' Green Carpet
Lamium maculatum Aureum
IsotomaFluviatillis Laurentia BlueStar
Lithodora Heavenly Blue
Muehlenbeckia Creeping Wire Vine
Phlox Subulata Scarlet Flame
Pratia County Park
Sedum acre 'Gold Moss' Utah Sedum
Sedum Fuldaglow
Sedum Golden Japanese
Pink Chintz Thyme
To me I like the contrast of the yellow in many of the darker areas. I like the pop it brings.
Thanks for the info on the sedum. I will look it up to see if that is what it is.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 11:19AM
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ingeborgdot

I maybe did not look close enough at the sedum at San Fran. I just does not appear to have the same leaf structure but I may be wrong.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 11:33AM
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