Ground cover ideas/help for large area

Mary287June 26, 2014

I have a large raised bed on my property (I am quessing about 75 feet x 20 feet) that has 15 full grown pine trees in it. We have it mulched every year, but would like to plant ground cover. After some research, I think Sweet Woodruff would be the best (?) as we want something that will fill in the area quickly! Any other recommendations? And how many plants..... well, how far apart should I plant as to get the area filled in quickly?

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greenhearted(5a IL)

Hi Mary, I'm in the middle of an experiment for groundcovers under my spruce trees. I planted pachysandra, ajuga, sweet woodruff and Siberian barren strawberry and I am going to see who does the best. I won't know until a year or more from now but perhaps you could try a similar approach? Perhaps the diversity will also look appealing as well.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 5:09PM
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Thank you! I did buy a flat of ajuga (which is a drop in the bucket!) If it does well, I will get some more. I just love sedum, but I'm not sure how it would fair under the trees.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 7:09AM
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greenhearted(5a IL)

Funny enough, I just planted some Sedum ternatum which prefers part shade. I'm not sure how it would do in dense shade. It's also a US native, which I was very excited to discover. It has such a pretty shape to it. I planted it on the north side of my house and it seems to be doing well so far. I included a link about it below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sedum ternatum

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 11:04AM
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I moved some ajuga under some big limbed-up pine trees last year and it's done very well.

I also have several heuchera under the pines, so if you wanted something a little taller, maybe that would work for you.

Both do well in this rather difficult dry shade area.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 5:31PM
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HI Mary,

Any woven weed control will work (at lease one hundred grams).

Hope that helps

Here is a link that might be useful: Like this

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 7:46AM
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