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 Ground Covers

Myrtle

 

Myrtle

    Myrtle - please refer to plant caretag for specific variety information

 

Botanical name - Periwinkle or Vinca.

 

Flowering period - Small, light blue flowers in spring.

 

Features - Leaves broadly lance shaped, 2 inches (5 cm) long, dark green. Rooting stems thin and wiry.

 

Spacing - Space 6" to 12" apart (15 - 30 cm).

 

Height - Grows to 10" tall (25 cm).

 

Soil and water - Grows in any garden soil. Water ground covers in dry weather once per week. On steep hills, build ridges to keep water from running down hill too fast. Water thoroughly less often versus short waterings more frequently.

 

Light requirements - Grows in full sun to full shade. Best in shady places.

 

Best use - Trailing hardy, evergreen groundcover. Good on slopes.

 

Growing tips - Mulch between plants after initial planting. This helps control weeds and provides a natural slow release fertilizer. Use lawn fertilize in early spring.

 

Select a ground cover flower

 

Ground Covers

Click on a ground cover from the list below to see a photo and find lots of growing and plant care tips.

 

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   Ajuga - Carpet Bugleweed

   Baltic Ivy - Hedera Helix

   Myrtle - Periwinkle or Vinca

   Pachysandra - Japanese Spurge

   Lamium

 

Benefits of ground covers

Just think of all the wonderful benefits of growing ground covers... your bulbs will pop up through them, they provide wonderful green texture for bare patches, they grow where grass won't grow and no more mowing steep slopes. Plus ground covers are attractive and easy to maintain.

 

 

Planning your garden

For beginners it is important to draw a garden layout plan

• Choose plants suitable for the site (sun vs. shade, soil, etc)

• Arrange plants according to their height

• Arrange according to plant form and texture

• Arrange according to flowering periods for constant blooming

• Arrange in groupings by type and color considerations

 

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