need heat tolerant, water loving groundcover

sasser(9)September 17, 2008

Hi everyone! I guess I posted this in the wrong forum first LOL They directed me over here.

I need a ground cover that is heat tolerant (So. Cal) BUT it also needs to tolerate a fair amount of water - the people who planted that area of the garden were kind of clueless, putting Ice Plants next to a big bushy rose bush.

I don't care about flowering, I just need something to send roots into the berm to keep it in place. Right now I have Ice Plants, the Disneyland variety, and they are dying from *too much* water, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to reset my sprinkler system to water that area less - the front yard and that side of the house are connected on the same valve so unless I hire someone to come in and monkey around with the valves... which I won't do because we only rent

any suggestions? When we lived in Washington State, I LOVED New Zealand Brass Buttons, would they work here ? A Succulent would probably be a good idea, but I am clueless.

Thanks so much,


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bogturtle(SE NJ 7a)

Did you consider Mazus repens or the dreaded Lysmachia nummelaria? The second plant is a plant that you will not be able to get rid of, but it is water tolerant and extremely low growing, with seasonal yellow flowers. A little monster. Wet soil does not bother Mazus, in the Summer, but I am unsure about Winter.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2008 at 7:31AM
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philosopher(Zone 5a WI)

Heucherella and/or tiarella are very nice low-lying plants that love moisture. The floral umbels are the only part that stands above groundcover level, and they are there in early spring only. Another excellent choice is epimedium. There are many choice varieties of this plant, and they don't do well in dry conditions. One more suggestion: what about miniature hosta? Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2008 at 3:06PM
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bogturtle(SE NJ 7a)

The one caution I would give re: Epimediums is that I must string trim them to the ground in Feb. as they look bad, by then, and I want the flowers to really show. Otherwise, the several sorts I have are fabulous.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 12:56AM
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