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Thick Groundcover

Posted by kurchian 6A Massachusett (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 28, 08 at 18:09

I have a patio with 6 medium-sized trees planted in above-ground large concrete planters.

I am looking for a low maintenance plant that i can plant in the planters that will crowd out weeds. I would certainly prefer the plants to be attractive but low maintenance is the key.


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RE: Thick Groundcover

  • Posted by kimcoco Zone 5, Wisconsin (My Page) on
    Tue, Sep 2, 08 at 13:21

Pachysandra aka Japanese Spurge will crowd out any and all weeds, and they do well under trees as long as there is ample depth to the soil so they can spread with underground runners. Roots aren't very deep.

Very low maintenance and evergreen, weeds will never get through the root system once they're established.

Otherwise, a very low ground creeping groundcover is Mazus Reptans, but they need full sun. LOVE the stuff.


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RE: Thick Groundcover

My favorites are evergreen european ginger, Asarum europaeum, and Epimediums. They both seem to crowd out weeds. Both appreciate shade and dappled light. I considered them pricey and they increase slowly. I must string trim the Epimedium down, once a year, in Feb. as they get really bad looking. This also allows for a more easily seen blooming.


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