Groundcovers

One of the ways I’m planning to separate one garden area from another is by the kind of groundcover I use.  Here are some of the plants I’m using as groundcovers.  Lawn grass of course, probably a no-mow Fescue;

Carex pennsylvanica as a woodland groundcover

Carex pennsylvanica as a woodland groundcover

Carex pennsylvanica  – not a true grass but looks like it, only it grows to about 12” and then arches over so gracefully.

Cinnamon FernI’ll use lots of ferns – various kinds  like Christmas fern, Polystichum acrostichoides, in the shade of the Woodland, Ostrich Fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris on the north side of the house; this is Cinnamon Fern

Trillium luteum

Trillium luteum

Trillium luteum – yellow flowering with its three-cornered flower making its own design statement;

Epimedium grandiflorum

Epimedium grandiflorum

Epimedium, every passionate gardener’s favorite groundcover, its overlapping heart-shaped leaves making it one of the most beautiful woodland plants;

Chives as a woodland groundcover

Chives as a woodland groundcover

Chives.  Yes Chives.  Allium schoenoprasum is the true garden chive and I’ve used it before as a groundcover, but there is another,  Allium angulosum ‘Summer Beauty’, which I may use instead as I am told the seedheads remain attractive all winter.

Tiarella with Maidenhair Fern

Tiarella with Maidenhair Fern

Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia) a foamy white swath travelling through the woodland.

More to come.

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