Looking for ground cover recommendations - Pictures inside

clayinatlMarch 13, 2009

I posted this in Ga. Gardener but didn't get much response.


I'm looking for recommendations on ground cover. All 3 locations are on slopes. I'm tired of having to spread 100 bales of pine straw at a time. In the back yard and side yard, there are a few varieties of azaleas. In the front, there are knockout roses and Crape Myrtles. I was thinking Phlox. I'm in Cumming, GA - Zone 7 - about 50 miles north of Atlanta. We just moved in July 2008 so really don't know how everything looks in bloom. Here are a couple pictures.


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Front Yard:

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I live in California and don't know much about plants for Georgia, but you could put down landscape cloth before you spread mulc, and that would stop the weeds. You could plant some low growing and wide spreading plants. Out here, Costco sells big rolls of a high quality grey landscape cloth I think is polypropeline.


    Bookmark   March 25, 2009 at 7:08PM
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bogturtle(SE NJ 7a)

The only plants that seem tough enough to stand the blasting Sun, and will stay low, are some of the Junipers like blue rug. However,they are not going to keep some weeds and young trees from, eventually, starting. The land tends to go to forest and only constant watch-care stops it at any single stage in an unfolding story. Bareground to forest, unless we persist.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2009 at 1:34AM
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hemnancy(z8 PNW)

I would walk around some established older neighborhoods in my area and look for something successful and attractive, then find it in a local nursery. What about kinnickinnick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi? It is always neat looking, has flowers and fruit, is drought tolerant.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2009 at 8:02AM
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mary_littlerockar(8a-7b mid Arkansas)

I like your original thoughts regarding Phlox. I'm assuming you're referring to the creeping variety, Phlox sublata. It spreads fairly quickly, is sooo lovely in the spring when in bloom and is also lovely as a soft green groundcover. It does exceptionally well on a slope, too. Since you have such a large area to cover, you migh plant it in drifts to begin with. How pretty that would be.

The Phlox should do exceedingly well with the sun and humidity in your area. We had it on another property in NW Arkansas where it held up splendidly. Our weather there would be similiar to your area. I also used it in Birmingham, AL, where it performed well.

It has a nice fragrance when in bloom and the butterflies love the blooms, plus the breathtaking look in the spring. This idea gets my vote! :-)


    Bookmark   April 28, 2009 at 3:01PM
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