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Covering Ground: Unexpected Ideas for Landscaping with Colorful Low-Maintenance Ground Covers

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Overview

REIMAGINE the Possibilities for Covering Your Ground

REPLACE GRASS on hard-to-mow slopes

CONNECT scattered flower beds, trees, and shrubs

CONTROL erosion along stream banks

CARPET the patches between stepping stones

STABILIZE boggy areas

EDGE walkways, curbs, and driveways

CREATE natural alternatives to traditional lawns

ADD A SPLASH OF COLOR anywhere you need it!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Barbara W. Ellis transforms yards into flowering pieces of art…offering low-maintenance schemes, plant combinations, and in-depth advice on nurturing verdant landscapes.”

Home Magazine

Covering Ground will inspire with its wonderful possibilities for creating eye-catching color and texture in unexpected places. Ellis has the answers to the toughest garden situations…”

East Coast Gardener

“If you’re making the decision to get rid of some water-thirsty lawn, here’s help. Here are plenty of alternatives, as simple or as show as you want, for sun or shade, around pavers, along edges, fragrant or not, fast- or slow-growing, high- or low-maintenance.”

St. Petersburg Times

“There's life beyond lawn grass, and even beyond English ivy and pachysandra. You'll find lots of good ideas in Covering Ground.”

Chicago Tribune

“Barbara Ellis … elevates utilitarian ground cover plants to garden stars.”

McClatchy News Service

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580176651
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 7/30/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 452,429
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara W. Ellis is a freelance writer, editor, and lifelong gardener. She is the author of many gardening books, including The Veggie Gardener’s Answer Book, Deckscaping, Shady Retreats, and Covering Ground. She holds a B.S. in horticulture from the Ohio State University, Columbus, and a B.A. from Kenyon College. She has worked as managing editor at Rodale Press and as publications director for the American Horticultural Society and is affiliated with the Hardy Plant Society Mid-Atlantic Group, the Garden Writers Association, and the Perennial Plant Association. She lives and gardens in Maryland, where she and her husband live in a renovated “green” home with an assortment of rescued dogs, cats, and parrots. Her garden, which is managed organically and designed to be wildlife-friendly, features a wide range of ornamentals, herbs, and edibles for both sun and shade.

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Table of Contents

Getting Creative with Ground Covers

Part One: Rolling Out the Carpet
Why Ground Covers?
Making the Most of Ground Covers
Addressing Problem Spots
Knowing Your Site
Plant Selection
Creating Combinations
Going Wild
Aggressive & Invasive Ground Covers
Covering Ground with Hardscape

Part Two: Perfect Plants for Every Site
Active Spreaders for Sun & Shade
Sun Lovers for a Patterned Garden
Ground Huggers for Paths & Stepping Stones
Small-Scale Spreaders
Perennials for Bold Cover in Sun
Ground Covers for a Sunny Slope
Vines for Covering Ground
Shrubby Ground Covers for Sun & Shade
Selections for Shade
Flowering Ground Covers for Shade
Native Plants for a Woodland Floor
Ground Covers for Wet Soil
Ground Covers for Acid Soil

Part Three: Planting, Growing & Propagating
Site Preparation Basics
Buying & Installing Ground Covers
Planting on Slopes
Planting over Time
Caring for New Plants
Renovating Ground Covers
Growing Your Own

USDA Hardiness Zone Map
Photography & Garden Design Credits
Resources
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008

    Excellent

    Well written with plant recommendations for every soil and climate. Planting ideas, soil preparation, propagation--this book has so much information on ground covers you will never need another source.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2007

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    Perhaps ground covers are best known for taking the place of turf grass. For they tend to go where turf, people, mowers, and hoses don't. As a result, they shouldn't take anywhere near the time and work that care-needy turf does each week. In addition, ground covers tend to work in many more ways. They act as edging, pathways, space-fillers, and weed-busters. They cut back on glare, even out temperature ranges, and hold in moisture. They loosen soil what with not being mowed, played on, or walked over. In fact, traffic isn't something ground covers do unless they're creeping thyme, dichondra, Roman chamomile, or yarrow. There's no such thing as a ground-cover-of-all-spaces. Some such as impatiens and lilyturf fit in. But others have dislikes and likes about drainage, light, moisture, reflected heat, salt, soil acidity/alkalinity, temperature, and wind. For example, one of the most challenging fits is ground covers that like alkaline, chalky, sweet soil. Author Barbara W Ellis comes up with two pages full of ideas. The book's first two sections therefore match planting spot with best plant type. The final section covers planting steps, from prepping soil to keeping plants good-looking and healthy. The author ends with a discussion of growing on your own by cutting, dividing, layering, potting plantlets, and sowing seed. COVERING GROUND is nicely organized, with persuasive photos under Cindy McFarland's art direction. It ends with a copy of the USDA hardiness zone map, an identification of Internet resources, and an index.

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