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one or two groundcovers

Posted by beckybeck (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 5, 13 at 13:05

Grass will not grow under the maple by the street and I've been trying to get something else to grow. Ferns and hosta have died when I couldn't keep watering. Right now I have a bed, about 16 square feet, abutting the sidewalk with nothing in it except mulch. I'm considering brunneria macrophylla and geranium oxanianum. Should I choose one or the other or combine them? What would look better? If I use both, should I alternate the plants or keep each kind together? I'm thinking about putting down cardboard and covering it with a mixture of topsoil and compost and plant in that. If I do that, how deep should it be? I'm hoping the cardboard would keep keep the tree roots from sucking up all the water.

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RE: one or two groundcovers

Well, no one replied. I have a pile of topsoil/compost to distribute so I went ahead with my cardboard plan and made it 8 inches deep over the cardboard. Instead of just ground covers, I'm going to make it more like a garden. I'm going to use Nimbus geranium for the ground cover but also add in dwarf plumbago, hosta, fern, and blue-eyed grass.

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