Ground Coverings, Friend or Foe?

Ground coverings, a gardener’s favorite friend, but also the worst foe when it begins to eradicate other plants. Today, I want to share with you some information about ground coverings and how to deal with them.

First off, ground coverings are plants that spread in numbers over time. They are the plants that we can dig up, and they keep coming out in the new spring. The true beauty in ground coverings is finding something that will suppress weeds, grow at a steady rate that is easy to keep up with, and create a beautiful, greenery cover for your garden.

The first aspect in finding a ground cover for you that will work is going to take a little research. The different heat, humidity, and soil that these plants grow in can cause this plant to eradicate every plant in your garden or create the perfect cover for you to keep up with. There is no fast and hard trick when speaking in reference to what plant is the best for you and what you want.

I will discuss some of the ground coverings that do well for me here in the south (Zone 8a). St. John’s Wort (Hypericum calycinum) is a great cover that brings bright yellow blooms to your yard. Creeping Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis) is another great evergreen that will spread and spread. If you are looking for something that will climb, English Ivy (Hedera helix) is another great cover that you can use to cover fences and up walls if you wish. The ivy will need a shadier spot than the other covers I mentioned above.

If you plan to plant a groundcover, you plant it with the knowledge that it does spread and it is something to keep up with. Sometimes, if you choose to get rid of this plant, eradicating it can be almost impossible. A few years ago, I planted some volunteer flowers that till this day continue to pop up in our beds. This just takes a little love and care to prune back these plants and then add what you want in your beds for the new season.

In the end, groundcovers are good or bad depending on the gardener and how much effort you want to put into your gardens. I hope you were able to glean some information from this blog, and if you have any questions, feel free to DM me!

xoxo Carmen Johnston