GREAT COV­ER­AGE

Country Gardens - - Gar­den Know-How -

Thanks to a di­verse pal­ette of plants, you can eas­ily find the per­fect groundcove­r for your par­tic­u­lar land­scape. These reliable op­tions thrive with ease.

• THYME (Thy­mus prae­cox) —Ideal for sunny and drought-tol­er­ant gar­dens, this herb forms a fra­grant mat of green­ery that tol­er­ates light foot traf­fic. 3 inches tall. Zones 4–9.

• JA­PANESE SPURGE (Pachysan­dra ter­mi­nalis)—a top pick for shady lo­cales and un­der trees, its glossy, ever­green fo­liage shines year-round. Even var­ie­gated va­ri­eties thrive in dense shade. 6–12 inches tall. Zones 5–9.

• BUGLEWEED (Ajuga rep­tans)— Prized for its fo­liage and flower, this tidy grower cre­ates a col­or­ful car­pet of roset­te­like leaves. While it can han­dle sun or shade, its fo­liage is more vi­brant in sunny spots. 4–5 inches tall. Zones 3–9.

• DEAD NET­TLE (Lamium mac­u­la­tum) —This deer-re­sis­tant plant bright­ens shady or par­tially shady spots with its two-tone fo­liage in col­ors span­ning sil­ver to char­treuse. 6–8 inches tall. Zones 4–8.

• LAMB’S-EARS (Stachys byzantina) —Grown pri­mar­ily for its vel­vety, sil­ver fo­liage, this sun-lover quickly forms a lush mat and, in sum­mer, pro­duces spikes of pur­ple to pink flow­ers. The fuzzy leaves tend to trap mois­ture, so avoid plant­ing it in wet­ter ar­eas. 6–12 inches tall. Zones 4–7.

• PERIWINKLE (Vinca mi­nor)— One of the most vig­or­ous ground­cov­ers, this ver­sa­tile grower spreads via trail­ing stems and per­forms well in sun, part sun, and shade. 6–8 inches tall. Zones 4–8.

• GOLDMOSS SE­DUM (Se­dum acre) —A sun-lov­ing, drought­tol­er­ant species, this ever­green beauty un­veils a vi­brant show of yel­low flow­ers come spring and sum­mer. 2–4 inches tall. Zones 4–9.

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