Vines, also known as Ground Covers are excellent plants for shady areas with poor soil where little else will grow
They are also used in soil erosion on steep banks and hill sides where the soil slides. Ground Covers like the Periwinkle, Vinca Minor has an evergreen leaf and a delicate lavender flower in the spring. They are also fast spreader and excellent for shady spots that doesn't have a lot of rich soil. They do well also in drought conditions and are super hardy when planted anytime of the year. Best selling are english Ivy and Phlox.
Ground Covers are excellent on steep hillsides, banks or placed you cant maintain with lawnmowers
Just about anyone who gardens understands the frustrations that some terrains present. It may be a steep incline or a patch of rocks. It may also be a deep trench or a wide open space that would be difficult and expensive to maintain with regular flowers. Often times, these spots are covered with grass and are tedious to mow. Or, it may be an area that stays bald because soil drainage is poor or there is a lack of sunlight. The good news is that homeowners do not have to just leave these spots barren and unsightly.
Ground covering is the answer for difficult growing areas. There are a vast variety of plants, herbs, and shrubs that thrive as ground covering in some of the most wretched spots. It all depends on what area needs to be covered, as well as soil and sunlight conditions.
A perennial favorite that is often used for ground cover is English ivy
Classified as an evergreen, this hearty plant can fill in shady areas where it is almost impossible to grow other foliage. They quickly spread over the ground and can reach a height of nearly a foot. They are perfect for growing under trees where grass is sparse because of the shade. As climbers, they can cover a wall or climb trellises.
Another star of ground-covering plants is creeping phlox. Gardeners may choose from two different types. One type of creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera) is a shade lover, and is right at home under shade trees and any area that does not get much light. Their dainty flowers of white, blue, or pink will bloom in the spring in heavy clumps of foliage. For expansive areas that enjoy full sun and good drainage, the second type of creeping phlox (phlox subulata) thrives. This type grows in clumps that are similar to moss. They also have flowers in the spring and leave foliage throughout the summer.
Periwinkle (Vinca minor) is truly the gardener’s friend. This is especially true in areas that might not get a lot of rainfall. This hardy plant is a fast grower and provides lush foliage that tends to smother out weeds. It is a low-lying creeper that quickly absorbs moisture into the soil and retains it, which benefits surrounding plants. Its pleasant foliage is evergreen throughout the seasons, and blooms in blue, pink, or white in the spring and often again in the autumn.
These highlighted plants, among others, ground covers can really make a difference in a homeowner’s landscaping
Nature is random and is never perfect; therefore, there are always going to be problematic areas in anyone’s garden no matter the location. The key to good ground cover is knowing the conditions that are presented and which plants will thrive the best in that area. It is also important to know if the plant blooms and whether or not it is evergreen. Successful ground covering becomes the verdant canvas for annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees in the landscaping. When planted judiciously, they accentuate the beauty surrounding them.