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The Top Plants That You Can Use As Groundcovers
When you are doing some landscaping, the phrase groundcovers usually refer to one group of low growing plants. These are plants with a wide range of creeping stems. And branches that cover part of the land with minimal maintenance.
It could also a great idea to use standard decorating plants as a ground cover. For example, perennials that require very little maintenance. These include plants like the daylily which are a good way to cover large ground areas and slopes.
Perennials are the perfect plants to use as groundcovers plants. Because of their creeping shrubs that can pretty well cover the ground.
What Can You Use Ground Cover Plants For?
You can use groundcover plants actually for multiple functions, including the following. They can work well during multiple circumstances.
When you have slopes that are difficult to mow the grass. Then you can use perennials like some Low-growth shrubs. These include plants such as the "Blue Rug" Juniper, which works well in this area. They require very little maintenance beyond pruning the dead scrubs. For the larger slopes, you can also use the daylily is a better alternative for a ground cover.
If you need to cover some shaded areas where turf grass does not grow well. Then, you should use these plants that spread a variety of suitable shades for this purpose.
These acts as a cover for scorching and dry places. And these locations choose a dry climate plant such as an ice-plant or sedum (stonecrop).
For areas with heavy traffic that sometimes can be hard to cover with grass. You may use plants like baby tears (Soleirolia soleirolii) and creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum) in these places.
You can also use these groundcovers to choke off weeds because some of them like the Creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera) or the dragon blood sedum is capable of this. They usually grow thick on the ground.
The Top Landscaping Uses For Groundcovers
These plants mainly add some aesthetics to areas where you can’t grow regular grass. Or want a different alternative to regular grass. If you want to add some color to your landscaping areas, you should use the groundcovers.
Alternatively, they add practicality to the general landscape. An area where turf grass does not grow doesn’t need to be left dry and patching; you can use the groundcovers to make the area look better and other practical reasons.
For example, a fully shaded area in a garden would be a good place for alternative shade-tolerant ground cover plants. Even steep slopes that are difficult to mow are good places to cover.
In dry climates where there is a higher water demand, the regular grass will be an issue, and in this case, the alternative ground covers can be the answer.
Be prepared for higher initial investment costs if you are covering a massive area. But you can save money in the back end because of the low maintenance that perennials dictate. So when you see it this way, it is generally very much a cost-savings measure.