Taylor's Guide to Ground Covers: More than 400 Flowering and Foliage Ground Covers for Every Garden Situation - Flexible Bindingby Nan Sinton, David C. Michener
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
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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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 ACANTHUS MOLLIS
Copyright © 2001 Houghton Mifflin Company.
All rights reserved.
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
Nearly full sun to bright shade Well-drained soil Handsome, dissected leaves that are somewhat spiny Zones 7 to 9 P. 154
Achillea 'Coronation Gold'
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
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 '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
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
Partial shade Tolerates more alkaline and drier soils than most other ajugas Moderate low spreader with attractive blue flowersajugas are good companion ground covers to spring bulbs Zones 4 to 9 P. 161
Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow'
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'
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'
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'
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
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
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
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
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 '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'
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'
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
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
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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Nan Sinton is the director of programs at Horticulture magazine. She resides in Marion, Massachusetts.
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