Taylor's Guide to Ground Covers: More than 400 Flowering and Foliage Ground Covers for Every Garden Situation - Flexible Binding

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No category of plants works harder than ground covers to help a gardener create a beautiful yet low-maintenance landscape. In this book readers will discover the best plants • to stabilize banks and control erosion • to substitute for turf where grass won’t grow or is hard to mow • to line curbs and driveways, where salt will damage ordinary plants • to enhance a landscape with broad, dramatic sweeps.

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With information about hundreds of different types of ground covers -- from popular choices such as daylilies or Euonymus to unusual suggestions, such as salvias and willows -- this newly revised gem from the gardening experts at Taylor's ensures that readers will be able to devise a ground covering solution best suited the specific needs of their garden. Like all Taylor's Guides, this one is well organized, has plenty of full-color illustrations, and is an ideal size for portability.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618030101
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Series: Taylor's Guides
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Nan Sinton is the director of programs at Horticulture magazine. She resides in Marion, Massachusetts.
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Taylor's Guide to Ground Covers

MORE THAN 400 FLOWERING AND FOLIAGE GROUND COVERS FOR EVERY GARDEN SITUATION


By David C. Michener and Nan Sinton

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY

Copyright © 2001 Houghton Mifflin Company.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 0-618-03010-7


ACANTHUS MOLLIS

Acanthus mollis

Bear's Breeches

Partially shaded sites; may go dormant in hot, humid weather Well-drained soil Handsome, large-scale ground cover with evergreen leaves Zones 7 to 10 P. 154

Acanthus spinosus

Bear's Breeches

Nearly full sun to bright shade Well-drained soil Handsome, dissected leaves that are somewhat spiny Zones 7 to 9 P. 154

ACHILLEA `MOONSHINE'

Achillea `Coronation Gold'

Yarrow

Full sun required Well-drained soil Plants form slowly; spreading, low to medium-height masses of gray, finely cut foliage. Bright yellow flowers in midsummer are carried well above the foliage. Zones 3 to 8 P. 156

Achillea `Moonshine'

Yarrow

Full sun needed for best performance Well-drained soil Plants form slowly; spreading, low to medium-height masses of silvery foliage. Pale yellow flowers complement the foliage. Zones 3 to 8 P. 156

ACORUS GRAMINEUS

Acorus gramineus `Variegatus'

Japanese Sweet Flag

Full sun to partial shade Constantly moist to nearly aquatic soils, preferably with above-average organic content and high fertility Slowly spreading, low, rhizomatous masses develop toform a lush, grasslike sward Zones 6 to 9 P. 158

Aegopodium podagraria `Variegatum'

Goutweed, Bishop's Weed

Sun to deep shade Any soil Forms aggressive, vigorous medium-height masses that will choke out most other plants. Useful in dry shade where little else will grow. Zones 2 to 9 P. 159

AJUGA GENEVENSIS

Ajania pacifica

Full sun to light shade Moist, fertile, well-drained soil Variegated foliage on sprawling, medium-height plants makes for attractive mass plantings. Tiny yellow flowers are produced in late summer. Zones 7 to 10 P. 160

Ajuga genevensis

Ajuga

Partial shade Tolerates more alkaline and drier soils than most other ajugas Moderate low spreader with attractive blue flowers—ajugas are good companion ground covers to spring bulbs Zones 4 to 9 P. 161

AJUGA REPTANS

Ajuga reptans `Burgundy Glow'

Ajuga

Partial shade; in full sun needs constant moisture Moist but well-drained soil Fast, low-growing spreader; lustrous bronze to bronze-green foliage and blue flowers Zones 4 to 9 P. 161

Ajuga reptans `Pink Beauty'

Ajuga

Partial shade; in full sun needs constant moisture Moist but well-drained soil Fast spreader; mats of green leaves make three-season carpet Zones 4 to 9 P. 162

Ajuga reptans `Pink Beauty'

Ajuga

Partial shade; in full sun needs constant moisture Moist but well-drained soil Fast spreader; in early summer light pink flowers are carried above mats of green leaves Zones 4 to 9 P. 162

Ajuga reptans `Variegata'

Ajuga

Partial shade; in full sun needs constantly moist soils Moist but well-drained soil Fast spreader grown for its carpet of creamy white and green leaves Zones 4 to 9 P. 162

ALCHEMILLA MOLLIS

Alchemilla mollis

Lady's Mantle

Nearly full sun to partial shade depending on climate Well-drained, moisture-retentive soil Clump-forming and assertively self-seeding where well sited; bold, lime green leaves and clouds of tiny chartreuse flowers in early summer Zones 4 to 8 P. 163

Anemone tomentosa

Grape-leaf Anemone

Partial shade Moist and organic soil Spreading, tall perennial forms large masses with clean, green leaves and pink flowers in late summer Zones 4 to 8 P. 165

ARABIS FERDINANDI - COBURGI

Antennaria dioica

Pussytoes

Full sun; does best in regions with cool summers Well-drained soil Mat-forming perennial with gray-green leaves and small, fuzzy flower heads spreads slowly for an excellent small-scale ground cover Zones 3 to 8 P. 166

Arabis ferdinandi-coburgi

Rock Cress

Full sun to partial shade; does best where summers are not hot and muggy Well-drained soils required; slightly alkaline soils preferred Cascading, low perennial ground cover for rock walls, gravels, and moderate slopes Zones 4 to 9 P. 167

ARCTOSTAPHYLOS DENSIFLORA

Arctostaphylos densiflora `Howard McMinn'

Vine Hill Manzanita, Sonoma Manzanita

Full sun; does best in the western states Acidic, well-drained soil Evergreen shrub to 5 feet tall but forming broader mounds because of stems that may root as they touch the ground Zones 7 to 10 P. 168

Arctostaphylos `Emerald Carpet'

`Emerald Carpet' Bearberry

Full sun; does best in western states Acidic, well-drained soil Low-growing evergreen shrub makes a bright green carpet punctuated by small white flowers early in the growing season Zones 8 to 10 P. 169

ARCTOSTAPHYLOS UVA - URSI

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi `Massachusetts'

Bearberry, Kinnikinnick

Full sun; one of the best selections for cool maritime gardens on the Atlantic Coast Acidic, well-drained soft Low-growing evergreen shrubs spread slowly to form dense but not quite prostrate mats Zones 4 to 7 P. 169

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi `Vancouver Jade'

Bearberry

Full sun; does best in western states Acidic, well-drained soil Fast-growing low shrub with glossy, evergreen leaves Zones 4 to 7 P. 169

ARDISIA JAPONICA

Ardisia japonica

Marlberry

Partial shade; does best in western states Moist, organic soils of at least average fertility Slow-growing but effectively spreading low evergreen shrub with dark green leaves and red fruits in winter Zones 7 to 10 P. 170

Arenaria montana

European Sandwort, Mountain Sandwort

Full sun Alkaline, gritty to sandy soil Lax stems covered with short, grasslike leaves support clouds of white flowers in spring Zones 4 to 8 P. 171


Excerpted from Taylor's Guide to Ground Covers by David C. Michener and Nan Sinton. Copyright © 2001 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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