Recommendations for a ground cover?

fidgiegirlMay 23, 2010

Hi all

I was just perusing the MN forum and I need to be on here more often! I am in St. Paul.

Background: Need a groundcover that can form the edge of a new bed. It is really ratty . . . I sheet mulched the top, but it is kind of an elevated area and so what needs coverage is the edge that slopes sharply down to the alley. It is about 8" tall. Of course, no sheet mulch stayed on top of this edge so it is either grass or naked. We don't want to spend the money on a retaining wall.

My question: What is a groundcover that will tolerate crappy soil, winter salt, partial shade, dry conditions?

THANKS!

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sandysgardens

Up at the lake I have the area that's next to the gravel road that has the worst soil since the grater shoves the gravel into the area. I planted low lying sedums, ajuga and ribbon grass and it grows like crazy. It's holding the gravel up at the road and not letting it waah down the hill into the remaining flower bed (entire hill is a flower bed).

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 6:55AM
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zenpotter(z4 MN)

Gold Moneywort or Golden Creeping Jenny. The same thing just two different names. It grows like crazy and is a bright golden color. It has yellow flowers, but they are hardly noticeable.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 8:04AM
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kaptainkr(4a)

I've never used it myself, but I have heard that gro-lo sumac is good for that situation. Ours friends used it on a steep slope in front of their house and are happy with it.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 10:20AM
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mimi_stpaul(z4Mn)

Sedum...you really do not have to worry about it...also the creeping jenny...even moneywort if it is surrounded by cement, that will filling quickly...
If you would like some sedum I am also in St Paul and have plenty to share

    Bookmark   June 15, 2010 at 10:10AM
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cnord(4)

I have 2 beautiful beds of Pacysandria (sp?) that I brought to Minnesota with me from Pennsylvania. Another name for it is Allegheny Spurge-which might tell me something I dont want to know! It is lovely, thick no care. I did sink some edging around it to keep it out of the lawn. another ground cover I like is Vinca/Myrtle. It has lovely blue flowers, takes sun or shade.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 10:55AM
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