Ground Cover Challenge
OK - I am going crazy with this. I need a ground cover to go under three mature oak trees in my front yard in south central MO.
The soil here: packed, clay, often gravely, gooey in spring, dessert dry in summer, grass sporadic and weedy. Top it off with light to moderate shade and four bee hives and I'm in deep!
I would like a less than 4" tall, compact, evergreen or semi-evergreen cover that handles minimal foot traffic, deal with shade and drought, and not attract most of the thirty thousand bees across the yard. (who I must say have been very well behaved in the past considering my gardens are all out front here, too)
I have a list of plants a mile long and it's making me dizzy. First I thought Vinca minor (periwinkle) - nope - it's invasive. Then I went to stepables.com and they do have lots of really nice stuff, but pricey!! Wow.
Oh, and just to make it a real challenge I can't afford to buy a bazillion plants. We just don't have it in the 'landscape trust' (LOL). Seeds would be better.
My latest idea is thyme. I already grow thyme in the herb bed near this spot and I hear Wooly Thyme is a nice ground cover... what do y'all suggest?
Thanks so much to any and all who dare to confront the dreaded groundcover challenge...