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Groundcover to camouflage culverts?

Posted by trilby23 (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 8, 08 at 14:50

Hi all!

I posted this question to the Tennessee forum before I realized there's a separate forum for groundcovers, so please forgive the duplication. I've lurked here for a while, and I post in the Home forum, but I've only just started posting in Gardenweb. I should come clean right up front and say that I've never done any gardening at all, or ever planted a thing in my life except tomato plants, and those always died (I'm a serial murderess of tomatoes!)

Now we're in the process of building a house in East TN (Zone 6), and when we put in the driveway, we had to install a couple of culverts. Now we're trying to decide what to do to disguise them! We've pretty much decided on river rock all around the things, and I want some kind of perennial ground cover in and around the rock that will look nice as much of the year as possible. I would LOVE to have something that flowers, but it's more important that it be incredibly low-maintenance -- it's pretty far away from the house, and I know that weekly weeding and weed-eating just won't get done. And, of course, it needs to be able to grow in good old East Tn red clay!

The ground is North-facing, the part around the culverts is of course fairly steep, and it will be in full sun most of the day. So far, the candidates I've found through some research are Creeping Phlox, Ajuba, and possibly Wooly Thyme. There are a lot of deer in the area, so Sedum is out. Here are links to a few shots:

(Hopefully this is a link to the photos of the culverts)

Any comments, experience, suggestions? Any help or words of wisdom will be most appreciated!!

------------- Trilby

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RE: Groundcover to camouflage culverts?

Creeping phlox is great in the spring, but ugly in winter. Must you use a perennial? It doesn't look as if there is a water source close. How about evergreen woody plants? Two of my favorite is Euonymous Emerald Gaiety and Juniperus ... Blue Pacific. Just make certain that whatever you plant that you dig the hole twice as deep and wide, mix existing soil with either compost or manure, shovel the mix into the hole so that the plant is at ground level, after throwing in a handful of bone meal, and haul water for the first 3 weeks, two times a week.

Here is a link that might be useful: Propagating Perennials

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