Blanket the Ground – Native Groundcover Communities for Biodiversity, Habitat, and Beauty
August 14, 2023
Where in your yard are you less inclined to putter, to weed, to trim and tend? What out-of-the-way spot needs a low maintenance solution that reflects your garden ethics and style? If your property has a hellstrip, a parking strip, a grassed area between sidewalk and street, this is a great place for groundcovers. Here your neighbors can admire and be inspired. Here you can pass by daily without having to bend and tend. Consider groundcovers in place of the front lawn, or along your driveway, or in a narrow side yard that you use for utility rather than outdoor living. Bare earth beneath trees and shrubs with root and water competition could be green and diverse instead of weedy and neglected. All these zones have the potential to be beautiful and to contribute to habitat without demanding a lot of effort.
Read the full article in Pacific Horticulture here. You’ll learn what to plant in dry shade, in moist sun to light shade, and in hot, dry, sunny sites. And, hopefully, you’ll come to embrace the idea of a mixed community of plants rather than a single species for your groundcover solution.