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groundcover for shady area under Maple and Oak

Posted by natxie 6b (My Page) on
Wed, May 21, 08 at 12:17

I'm attaching a picture of our patio and a portion of our yard next to it. I've just nearly broken my back taking out an ivy-covered fence that had surrounded the patio, along with the ivy and assorted weeds under the two trees. That done, My wife and I want to plant the area with something that our kids can walk on occasionally.

My options, as I see them, are:

(1) try to thin out the trees' canopies and grow a shade tolerant grass. Difficult, since not much grass seems to grow anywhere near the maple; or

(2) use a shade-loving groundcover that can be walked on periodically. We could border the groundcover with some shade-loving plants and/or bushes. My initial thought was creeping liriope as the groundcover, as my wife wants a "clean" look that the kids can walk on. We are, however, open to other suggestions.

I welcome any thoughts and/or suggestions. Thanks.

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RE: groundcover for shady area under Maple and Oak

I'd prefer mondo grass over liriope, it doesn't get as tall but creeping thyme can be walked on or lamium, but it all depends if there is filtered sunlight.

Here is a link that might be useful: Propagating Perennials

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