Great Ground Cover Suggestions For A Northern Garden

By CoolGardenThings

One of the problems that a new northern landscape may encounter is a lack of plant material to fill the landscape with. A new garden can be a little sparse sometimes as you wait for the young plants to mature-which can take about three years when you live in a northern climate. So instead of looking at mulch for the next three years, get pro-active and plant some ground cover! And a lot of it. Use ground cover to help fill in between plants, fountains and garden decor, or around stepping stones.
Before you start planting just anything you need to choose your ground cover based on the light, water, and traffic conditions in your garden. Here are just a few of the many ground cover ideas a gardener in a northern climate garden might want tHelluhnoðri
Photo by zophonias
o consider.

If you have a sunny garden you might want to consider planting some sedum. It comes in many different foliage and flower colors ranging from yellow and white and bright green to pink and burgundy. Sedum is great for a garden that does not receive a lot of water as it is drought tolerant and actually thrives in poor soil conditions. It is often used on a lot of those new fangled green roof tops to give you an idea of what kind of environment it likes. Hot, hot and hot! It is not a great ground cover choice if there is going to be a lot of foot traffic, though.

Woolly Thyme
Photo by mmwm
Another good choice for a sunny garden with a path and some stepping stones, is the kitchen herb called thyme. Thyme is great for an area that gets some foot traffic because it smells good when you step on it. Give your landscape a cottage garden feel with this herb that also comes in a variety of growth habits and color choices such as creeping thyme, woolly thyme or lemon thyme, to name a few.

Forever Green
Photo by mbgrigby
If you have a shade garden you really should consider some pachysandra.  Pachysandra is a good deep shade ground cover that can handle some partial sun. It can be grown under a walnut tree and it will allow bulbs and hostas to grow through it without competition-nicely camouflaging unsightly dead leaves and other such garden blemishes. It has a neat growth habit that is easy to control.And it is less invasive than it’s popular counter-choice called vinca: vinca is a garden no no because of its rampant invasiveness into woodland areas-so when in doubt choose pachysandra.

If you are a fan of native or woodland plants and your are looking for a shade loving ground cover consider wild ginger. It has handsome dark green circular leaves and forms a dense matte with little ground hugging flowers that are popular with toads and woodland critters. Plant it around the base of a bird feeder to hide the cast off seeds. There are even some evergreen varieties for more mild climates.
Whether you have shade or sun a ground cover is always going to enhance your garden landscape. Ground covers help cool the roots of plants in your garden and hide unsightly looking spots. Ground cover can be a unifying element in your garden design for many years to come. Put some gazing globes in a patch of ground cover for an easy garden decor idea and just enjoy!

Originally posted 2010-01-02 11:51:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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