What Would You Recommend?
Hi! I'm new to flower gardening and am trying my hand out on a shade garden. I have a very old apricot tree, growing next to a line of 4 spindly elms (all on border between my property and neighbors) and a 10-15 foot pine tree about 15 feet away from the base of the apricot trunk. This isn't a very shady area, believe it or not, and it get lots of indirect light, reflected from our white house. The soil is extremely sandy and compacted. Grass doesn't grow there, weeds don't grow, nothing grows. One reason why, might be that some Idiot buried a ton (figurtively speaking) of bricks, mortar, and smallish rock slabs about 12 inches deep in this area. It is almost impossible to dig because of this.
I'm looking for a really tough, hard to kill and fairly aggressive groundcover. I really like ajuga and lamium (sp?) but I don't know how quickly they'd get out of control. Any suggestions would be great.