Variegated airplane plant in flower bed?

roselee z8b S.W. TexasApril 16, 2014

Has anyone tried using variegated airplane plant as a sort of ground cover in a flower bed. I have so many babies I thought I might try it, but it might just make a big mess.

Whatch' think?

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I had it in two strip beds along a front sidewalk. I thought it looked great--real splashy & very tough when mulched well with oak leaves.

The roots get pretty thick--might crowd out other plants--but they're easy to pull up. I used it a lot as a border, back when I lived sw of Houston.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 7:32PM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

I have had them inground for years, Roselee, and they come back each year...............go for it !!!!

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 10:17PM
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PKponder TX(7b)

They do come back here too! I found them slightly invasive but that was during the time when we got rain :-)


    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 11:06PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Thanks y'all! I'm gonna' do it.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 9:18AM
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yeah, then you have them everywhere! I made the mistake of using them as a filler in an empty bed, 10 years later I still dig them out of the yard.
But they look good.
Tally HO!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2014 at 5:35PM
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The nice thing about them is they will grow almost anywhere. Makes nice boarders where nothing else would grow. Yes they reproduce often but their runners can be pruned back to help control the spreading. And they can go a long time without water.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 1:04PM
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Lynn Marie

Hmmm.... I never thought of that. Might try it myself.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 6:13PM
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