groundcovers for DFW

liz_h(7/8 DFW Texas)April 17, 2011

Hi everyone. I'm looking for some groundcovers that won't get more than 4-6" high. I have some shade areas and some sun. Most of the area is covered by the septic spray, so water isn't a problem. I don't want something that needs mowing, or at least not very often. I also need something that will choke out weeds.

Any suggestions?

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Lynn Marie

I have vinca vine. It makes pretty flowers too. In my garden, strawberries made terrific ground cover and stayed green all winter. Didn't get many berries, but it sure mad a great ground cover!

    Bookmark   April 17, 2011 at 8:09PM
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Sounds like an area where lamium would work. There are numerous varieties.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 12:36AM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

I use creeping jenny, and it can take a limited amount of foot traffic.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 8:29AM
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tx_ag_95(7/8 Lewisville)

Horseherb would work, it'll take some foot traffic and spreads on its own, so it should choke out the weeds. I found it at Northaven Gardens and a Denton native plant sale, then found it volunteering in my yard.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 9:19AM
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debndal(8a DFW, TX)

If you want something evergreen and VERY dense and don't care that it doesn't flower, Blue Pacific Juniper is great. I have it in a couple of beds and plant perennials around it. You can let it grow to 6-9 feet wide, or you can prune out the longest stems in winter to keep them in bounds. I have it in full sun, and 1 plant that only gets early morning and very late afternoon sun, and it does well too. Won't take foot trafic tho. It's definitely a shrub, mine are less than 4-5" tall.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 11:45AM
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liz_h(7/8 DFW Texas)

All of these sound like good plants, though for this particular area, I need something that can be kept at no more than six inches without frequent maintenance. Otherwise it interferes with the septic spray.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 6:06PM
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debndal-- do you ever water the Blue Pacific Juniper?

liz h-- would dwarf mondo grass work? Some of those don't get very tall. If the septic spray occasionally keeps the ground wet, maybe ajuga?

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 6:44PM
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