Low Maintenance Ground Cover

Low Maintenance Ground Cover

If you have a large garden and you have some open space you want to cover with plants, some low maintenance ground cover plants might be your first option. They can save you a large amount of time for the regular maintaining work like watering, fertilizing and pruning work. Also, most of them can produce beautiful blossoms in some seasons or even all year round to add extra landscaping value for your backyard. They can effectively suppress the growth of weeds and prevent the soil from erosion.

Although grasses are chosen by many gardeners as the first choice of ground covering plants, some varieties of flowering plants might be another good option. The most obvious advantage of them is the decorative value they can bring to your garden. Some popular flowering plant species include Creeping phlox, star jasmine and lantana. Creeping phlox is a quick spreading ground cover plant with a variety of colors like pink, white and purple. It like full sunlight and can tolerate drought soil very well.

If you prefer more green color in your backyard, you can try some evergreen ground cover. Unlike deciduous plants, the evergreen ones can keep your garden green all year long even in colder winter days. Most of them need little maintenance once they are well established. Some species of such plants include Pachysandra and English ivy. They can tolerate some bad quality soil types like clay soil. Most of prefer full sunlight during their growth.

For moist soil type, you should choose some special types of ground cover which can resist damp environment. Moss is one of the common options for such purposes. They will form a green carpet in a short time. It is a good choice for filling the gaps of two different sections. Unlike most ground cover plants, moss doesn’t like full sunlight environment. You should provide some shade and cool areas for them.

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