groundcover - full sun

tx_ag_95(7/8 Lewisville)October 9, 2010

Hi all,

I'm pulling out the grass and weeds in the front yard and need to put something down for a groundcover in between the plants. So far, there's lantana and salvias, with some iris and I'm working on the rest of the landscape. It's the front yard, east facing, full sun, standard black clay for the Dallas area. I don't want to have to provide supplemental water once it's established, and I'd prefer something that doesn't have to be mowed or edged constantly. I can handle having to get out there and neaten it up every 4-6 weeks.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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PKponder TX(7b)

Maybe Liriope, but in full sun it will probably need some supplemental water in drought to look it's best.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2010 at 10:20AM
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ltcollins1949(9a TX)

You might want to check out groundcover for sunny dry area and more suggestions.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2010 at 9:21AM
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whitecap

Not sure I understand. Do you have in mind to put a ground cover in your beds, with your shrubs and perennials, to suppress weeds?

    Bookmark   October 11, 2010 at 6:52PM
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tx_ag_95(7/8 Lewisville)

Thaks for the suggestions, LT.

Whitecap...let me explain better.

I'm at the end of the street, at the middle of a cul-de-sac, with a pie-shaped lot. The front yard isn't very big, maybe a bit larger than some zero-lot-line houses, but the backyard is HUGE.

The neighborhood was built in the early 60's. The section I'm talking about has the driveway to the north, house to the west, sidewalk to the front door on the south, and city-sidewalk to the east. I'm removing all of the grass from that section and part of the section on the other side of the walk to the front door, south of that walk. I want the shrubs and perennials with something planted as a groundcover/living mulch/whatever in between. There will be "swaths" of groundcover, partly to keep from having to keep adding mulch and partly because there's too much ground to NOT have anything more than mulch there.

I don't care if it's a native that "everyone" calls a weed, like horseherb or something along that line. I just need something to help keep the soil where it is (there's a slight incline from the house to the street, enough for water to run down the concrete) and to "look nice". The front yard doesn't turn into a lake like the backyard, the house blocks the rainwater runoff.

I don't want mondo grass or asian jasmine, both are way too over-used and I don't want to deal with either. Sorry. I figure I'm already being different by removing the grass, might as well go all the way!

    Bookmark   October 11, 2010 at 10:15PM
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debndal(8a DFW, TX)

Blue shade ruellia - mine's in mostly shade but looks very nice. Dies out in winter but returns.
Frog fruit- it can be mowed periodically to keep thick
White rain lilies - the evergreen ones
Ice plant - I have Kelaidis. Thick, ground hugging, evergreen, pinkish apricot flowers. Probably not great for large area, but could be used in tadem with other groundcovers.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2010 at 11:26PM
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whitecap

If you find something other than Asian jasmine, let me know, and don't even think about using that stuff as a "living mulch" unless it's contained apart from your perennials and shrubs. The reason you see so much of it isn't because people are unimaginative, but because of the absence of other hardy, low, full sun groundcovers. Blue shade does need shade, as does mondo.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2010 at 1:53PM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

Perhaps Wedelia. Daddy "helped" himself to a piece of some growing at a Toyota shop.
He always called it Toyota plant.

You might be a tad too North for wedelia. But I grew it here in San Antonio.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wedelia

    Bookmark   October 14, 2010 at 2:46PM
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maden_theshade(8 - Austin)

Someone asked me the other day about my frogfruit. Thought I'd post an update. I planted a few sprigs in a 'hot spot' garden next to the driveway and sidewalk. I wanted it there b/c I knew it could get trampled and bounce back, and could take the heat like a champ.

Here is how this spot looked last summer. You can see it still looks pretty weedy. I hadn't cleaned it up real good yet. Lots of bermuda and other stuff:

And here is how it looks now. The low stuff next to the concrete with the white spots is the frogfruit in flower.

Tex-Ag-95, this plant might work for you. It spreads by runners overground, which makes it easy to pull back and control. It would need to be edged periodically, as I think most groundcovers would. I like it b/c it stays evergreen and during the winter when the salvia, etc die back the ground cover stays green. And it really doesn't need a lot of water. Mine gets watered, but I've seen this plant growing on unattended roadsides, pure sand, etc. It's tough, but I don't find it quite as invasive as bermuda.

I also have the wedelia, which I love, but it is a little wimpy in heat and requires attention even in dry shade.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2010 at 10:25PM
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