Strawberries as groundcover

waplummer(Z5 NY)November 1, 2005

I replaced a strip of grass leading off our patio with flagstone pavers. I had wild strawberry growing on my paths and between cracks in my patio. I decided to use it for one stretch of pavers. It has filled in beautifully besides giving sweet, tiny berries. For another stretch I used Viola labradorica and on still another section Tiarella cordiolia. All are doing great. For years I have had a large number of concrete pavers linking the front lawn with the back woods. For groundcover here I have used Green-and-Gold, Chrysogonum virginianum. Spectacular in the spring when it flowers and nice and green the rest of the year.

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bogturtle(SE NJ 7a)

Your post really did not require any response but brought some thoughts. At my daughter's house the two sorts of pink or red flowering hybrid strawberry plants, one called 'Lipstick' have spread aggressivly in her front sunny bed and make an interesting and colorful groundcover. She has, on a weekly basis, the need to turn the runners back into the bed before they invade the lawn. I suppose she could use a string trimmer or lawn edger to cut them off. They do not seem to smother or successfully inhibit many sorts of weeds but do give a summertime scattering of bright flowers and an occasional small berry.

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