Ground Cover Suggestions?

chezmoose(z4/5 MI)June 3, 2004

Hi, I'm looking for suggestions to separate our lawn from the "natural" area in front of it. Currently my husband tills a strip between the lawn and the weeds, ferns, wild raspberries, etc. I was thinking if I planted a ground cover along that strip it might help keep the weeds fron encroaching on the lawn and be lower maintenance. The area is approx. 12-18" wide by 70 or 80 ft. long and gets plenty of mid-day sun, but is shaded in the morning and evening.

Any suggestions? Hardscape suggestions welcome too.

Thanks!

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PPennypacker(z6b)

chezmoose -
What about Ceratostigma plumbaginoides or common name Leadwort?
I love this groundcover. New growth late in Spring, an evergreen (so you'll have a demarcation), gorgeous red tinged foliage through the season, then in late Fall bright blue flowers. Good in drought too.
Check on it, and see what you think. Let us know.
Best,
PP

    Bookmark   June 4, 2004 at 5:04PM
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chezmoose(z4/5 MI)

Thanks PP, this is really neat! I like the fact that it changes looks throughout the season, keeps it interesting. Most of the articles I found said either Zone 5 or 6 though. We do get lots of snow, maybe that would help keep it insulated? What do you think?
Definitely worth looking into, thanks!
chezmoose

    Bookmark   June 5, 2004 at 7:45AM
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PPennypacker(z6b)

chezm -
Where is this "strip" in relation to the warm foundation of the house? Any mulching would help, but I'll check on this and get back to you. OK? I think it would look beautiful!
Best,
PP

    Bookmark   June 5, 2004 at 8:04PM
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chezmoose(z4/5 MI)

It's not too close to the house, maybe 40-50 ft. away. I do have access to lots of pine boughs I could layer over it in the winter if that would help protect it. Also, we are pretty well protected by the woods on 3 sides, so when the snow comes, it usually stays til April or so!

I appreciate your help!
chezmoose

    Bookmark   June 6, 2004 at 7:20AM
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PPennypacker(z6b)

I think that would be just great! Keep me posted as to the results!
Best,
PP

    Bookmark   June 6, 2004 at 8:44AM
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PPennypacker(z6b)

Grows well in dry shade too and is said to be a good Butterfly plant.
Best,
PP

    Bookmark   June 6, 2004 at 8:48AM
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ShannonS(z7So.Jersey)

I love this plumbago. Very attractive & not a plant that many people have - at least that I know.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2004 at 7:59PM
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joepyeweed(5b IL)

you could try a no-mow grass mix. its really a misnomer, because its slow grow grass mix of fine fescues that are fringe like and quite lovely when left to grow. you might have to mow it a little, a couple times a year but it makes a nice transition between lawn and tall grass or lawn and woodlands. it likes shade or part sun. not great in full sun. i order mine from prairienursery.com but i'm sure other nurserys have similar mixes.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2004 at 10:09AM
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