Best ground cover for your climate

When choosing a ground cover, you want to choose one that fits not just the location you are at, but also the location where it will be on your property. Climate is just as important as location, but both matter. The choice of ground cover should be determined by climate AND location.

Let's take a look at location first:
Ground cover is most frequently used in the following locations:

 Steep banks or slopes: ground cover helps to reduce the amount of erosion that occurs from water run off on such slopes and banks. It also protects from wind erosion as well.
 Shady areas under trees and next to buildings. One reason you would want to use ground cover under trees and near buildings is that it reduces the possibility of mower damage to the base of the tree, and the reduction of erosion in these areas as well.
 Under plantings in shrub borders and beds: This is great for keeping moisture in, and for keeping weeds out.
 Where tree roots grow close to the surface and prevent grass from growing: ground covers may be used to protect the roots of shallow-rooted trees. They shade the soil and keep it from drying out rapidly. It is also good for these areas because most ground cover requires less nutrients than grass.
 Very wet or very dry locations: you can choose a ground cover that does not need a lot of moisture, or one that uses a lot. So, it really helps no matter what your moisture problem it.
So, depending on where you want to use ground cover, will determine what type of ground cover is most suitable for that location. If you have a really moist climate, certain types of ground cover will be better than others. The same goes for really dry climates. Some ground cover plants prefer partial shade; others thrive in deep shade or full sun.

So, for your climate, you will want use whatever ground cover is best for your location, sun or shade. The truth is that you will want to use whatever is recommended by the professional in your area. You can look at general recommendations, such as what is below, but those who actually live and work in your specific climate will have the best advice. However, here are some general looks at the types of ground cover you want in specific locations:

Ground covers recommended for full sun and hotter climates:
Andorra Juniper
Big Leaf Periwinkle
Blue Fescue
Blue Rug Juniper
Cotoneaster
Daylily
Dwarf Japgarden Juniper
Evergreen Candytuft
Hall's Honeysuckle
Lavender Cotton
Liriope Liriope
Mondo Grass (Dwarf Lilyturf)
Moss Verbena
Parsons Juniper
Periwinkle
Purple Wintercreeper
Sargent Juniper
Shore Juniper
St. Johnswort (Arons Beard)
Thrift (Moss Pink)

The following ground cover are recommended for shade or cooler climates:
Algerian Ivy
Ardisia
Asiatic Jasmine
Bugleweed
English Ivy
Hall's Honeysuckle Holly Fern
Japanese Spurge
Lenten Rose
Liriope
Mondo Grass
Plantain Lily
Periwinkle
Purple Wintercreeper
St. Johnswort

These are recommended, and work well in the suggested areas. You will want to take a look at the actual plants and see which you like best before choosing one for your ground cover needs. It is also wise to check with the specialists at the garden store to see what they recommend for your climate and location. If you live in a hot climate that is expensive you do not want to plant a ground cover that is sucking water.


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