Need a ground cover...but not one that chokes out everything!

ilovemyroses(8 Dallas TX)April 9, 2013

In my new rose bed (1400 square feet) I am now putting in perennials, as I had all the grass removed and new soil brought in.

Salvias, daylilies, catmint, lavender, hollyhocks...going for the cottage look, and have this thing about NOT seeing the soil.

I do grow thyme, oregano, and some other ground covers, but would like something that could meander in and around, but not have those suckering massive roots (like asian jasmine), so that i could control it and not take too much energy away from the roses. Borage is another that i like, but those things sucker and become an anchor into the earth. Any thoughts??

Just don't want to create a problem I can't yank out easily.

Do have a few TINY geranium "rozanne", but not sure texas summers can be tolerated, so planning on planting these in somewhat protected areas.

Thanks...Oh, just thought...alyssum?? I have seeds!!

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ianna(Z5b)

campanulas that grow low and creep about. I'm trying to recall the exact name but it's pretty and easily controlled.

thrifts -- in pinks and white variety. So pretty. Again easily controlled.

a mix of succulents and there are so many to choose from. Your zone is perfect for these plants.

black mondo grass.

aranaria

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 10:39AM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

I am in such a different zone than you that you will have to check these out:
Veronica Georgia Blue
Cranberry makes a great ground cover in ordinary garden soil.
Dianthus Greystone
Perhaps some of the non climbing clematis, depending on whether you have slugs or snails.

All play well with others in my gardens.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 12:35PM
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daisyincrete Z10? 905feet/275 metres

What about Verbena x hybrida?
I find these so useful for edging plants, or meandering through other plants. They flower almost year round. They are shallow rooted and easy to pull out if necessary.
They come in lots of colours, so it is easy to find ones that go well with your other plants.

Here is a pink one with a purple sage.

....and a purple one the other side of the sage.

(Sorry about the hose!)

Here is a lighter pink one, trailing down a bank, behind the pond.

This is one of the Tapien series of verbena, the ones with the finer leaf, growing with Calamintha nepetoides, not yet in flower.

There is also Dichondra Silver Falls. This works well as a ground cover.
Here it is with petunias growing through it.

Hope this helps.
Daisy

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 12:58PM
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kathi_mdgd

I use creeping jenny as a ground cover,doesn't flower,but stays nice and green year round.
Kathi

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 6:20PM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

I use horse herb. It stays low.

Here is a link that might be useful: tx horse herb

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 6:38PM
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mrtulin

perennial geraniums.
There are dozens to choose from and I'm sure a few can tolerate Texas heat. Find the website geraniaceae.com There is a sections labled "groundcovers" ; but the "borders" section might be helpful
I ordered 25 plants from them/ they arrived with big healthy root systems and in perfect shape.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2013 at 9:40PM
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CottageCurlyZ

How about convolvulus? I love tricolor royal ensign because it is beautiful and easy to grow from seed. You do have to make sure you yank it out when dry because it gives you a TON of seeds. It hasn't given me any problems, great for full sun, stays compact and looks great as an edger. HTH's!

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 12:41PM
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