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All About Ground Cover Plants | Ask This Old House

In this video, Ask This Old House landscaping expert Jenn Nawada explains how ground cover plants are a creative alternative to rocks and mulch, and then tells us about some of her favorite varieties.

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Jenn Nawada teaches us all about groundcover plants, offering a creative alternative to mulch and rocks. Jenn points out that there are many different plants that can grow in areas where mowing or erosion are issues, as well as add a bit of interest throughout the yard. She teaches about juniper, microbiota, pachysandra, sedum John Creech, lilyturf, and other ground-covering plants. Jenn goes on to explain how she likes to use each of these plants, highlighting where and how they perform best.

Types of Ground Cover Plants
Juniper Procumbens []
* An extremely durable evergreen
* Prefer full sun
* Can grow over walls and rocks and will grow together as a large, dense mat
* Deer and drought tolerant
Microbiota []
* Soft, feathery evergreen foliage
* Rugged and drought tolerant
* Does well in sun, partial shade, and shade
* Only grows about a foot tall
Pachysandra []
* Extremely low maintenance and spreads rapidly
* Thrives in shady areas and is impartial to soil types
* Small white flower in spring
Sedum John Creech []
* Grows 1 to 2 inches high
* Creates a thick mat of succulent foliage
* Small pink flowers in the middle of summer
* Ideal for stone walls and walkways as it can take the heat of the stone
Liriope Spicata []
* Soft ground cover
* Has runners that travel and create a soft, dense mat
* Comes in variegated varieties for extra pops of color
* Good for naturalized settings

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Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Stonegate Gardens [].

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