Ground cover - Ajuga vs Vinca Minor

JoyBee(6)April 6, 2013

Hi, I have been working to create a perennial garden in the small front yard of my row home. The yard is approximately 12x12 and gets a combination of full sun and shade.

So far I have planted a couple of evergreen shrubs, salvia, cornflower, peonies, hostas, irises and bulbs. I am looking for a fast growing, evergreen ground cover to both fill in the spaces between plants and provide some interest in the winter when the other plants have died back.

I have been looking at Ajuga and Vinca Minor as two possibilities but I am open to other suggestions as well. Which do you prefer?

Should I be concerned that either of these ground covers would "choke out" my existing plants?

Any insight is appreciated. Thanks!

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stimpy926

You could try Asarum.
Definitely less agressive.

Here is a link that might be useful: this

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 9:40AM
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loretta5_gw(Z6 PA)

Yes more than likely both of those will choke out your existing plants. At the very least you will be constantly working to keep them under control. I agree that Asarum is a beautiful and less aggressive choice. Arum would work well too. Particularly Arum Italicum.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 11:57AM
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poaky1

In my yard I would say Vinca minor is more aggressive than Ajuga. I wish Ajuga was more aggressive in my yard. Maybe if I had more shade it would be.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 3:47AM
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