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groundcovers for DFW

Posted by liz_h 7/8 DFW Texas (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 17, 11 at 18:50

Hi everyone. I'm looking for some groundcovers that won't get more than 4-6" high. I have some shade areas and some sun. Most of the area is covered by the septic spray, so water isn't a problem. I don't want something that needs mowing, or at least not very often. I also need something that will choke out weeds.

Any suggestions?


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RE: groundcovers for DFW

I have vinca vine. It makes pretty flowers too. In my garden, strawberries made terrific ground cover and stayed green all winter. Didn't get many berries, but it sure mad a great ground cover!


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RE: groundcovers for DFW

Sounds like an area where lamium would work. There are numerous varieties.


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RE: groundcovers for DFW

I use creeping jenny, and it can take a limited amount of foot traffic.


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RE: groundcovers for DFW

Horseherb would work, it'll take some foot traffic and spreads on its own, so it should choke out the weeds. I found it at Northaven Gardens and a Denton native plant sale, then found it volunteering in my yard.


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RE: groundcovers for DFW

If you want something evergreen and VERY dense and don't care that it doesn't flower, Blue Pacific Juniper is great. I have it in a couple of beds and plant perennials around it. You can let it grow to 6-9 feet wide, or you can prune out the longest stems in winter to keep them in bounds. I have it in full sun, and 1 plant that only gets early morning and very late afternoon sun, and it does well too. Won't take foot trafic tho. It's definitely a shrub, mine are less than 4-5" tall.


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  • Posted by liz_h 7/8 DFW Texas (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 21, 11 at 18:06

All of these sound like good plants, though for this particular area, I need something that can be kept at no more than six inches without frequent maintenance. Otherwise it interferes with the septic spray.


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RE: groundcovers for DFW

debndal-- do you ever water the Blue Pacific Juniper?

liz h-- would dwarf mondo grass work? Some of those don't get very tall. If the septic spray occasionally keeps the ground wet, maybe ajuga?


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