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Ground cover - Ajuga vs Vinca Minor

Posted by JoyBee none (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 6, 13 at 9:55

Hi, I have been working to create a perennial garden in the small front yard of my row home. The yard is approximately 12x12 and gets a combination of full sun and shade.

So far I have planted a couple of evergreen shrubs, salvia, cornflower, peonies, hostas, irises and bulbs. I am looking for a fast growing, evergreen ground cover to both fill in the spaces between plants and provide some interest in the winter when the other plants have died back.

I have been looking at Ajuga and Vinca Minor as two possibilities but I am open to other suggestions as well. Which do you prefer?

Should I be concerned that either of these ground covers would "choke out" my existing plants?

Any insight is appreciated. Thanks!


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RE: Ground cover - Ajuga vs Vinca Minor

You could try Asarum.
Definitely less agressive.

Here is a link that might be useful: this


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RE: Ground cover - Ajuga vs Vinca Minor

Yes more than likely both of those will choke out your existing plants. At the very least you will be constantly working to keep them under control. I agree that Asarum is a beautiful and less aggressive choice. Arum would work well too. Particularly Arum Italicum.


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RE: Ground cover - Ajuga vs Vinca Minor

In my yard I would say Vinca minor is more aggressive than Ajuga. I wish Ajuga was more aggressive in my yard. Maybe if I had more shade it would be.


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