I can’t remember a better spring for plant growth around here. As a result, much of the ground cover in my garden is very effectively covering the ground…
…and also covering some hostas, a row of daylilies, my favorite variegated phlox, and the blue-eyed grass, Sisyrinchium bermudianum.
At least those are plants I’ve either seen trying to escape a ground cover around them or that I have looked for and found beneath some ground cover.
Who knows what other plants are struggling under the sedum and lamium, especially?
I’ll find out when I pull out a bunch of it this weekend.
I’ll free plants like this hosta, trapped beneath the ground cover.
And while I am out there, I’ll deal with my old enemy, moneywort, Lysimachia nummularia My brain must have been numb when I planted it. WHAT was I thinking? I was thinking of course that I could control it. that I could keep it contained to grow just along the edge of the flower bed it was in. Wrong! I had to dig it all out a few years ago because it had gone too far. I thought I had gotten rid of it, but a sprig of it shows up now and again and has to be pulled.
And that is one of the pitfalls of ground covers. Once planted, can you ever really get rid of a ground cover completely? I think not. So BE CAREFUL about planting ground covers.
By the way, I actually spent two summers in college working at two different nurseries, propagating ground covers. Yes, really, I did. That’s where I learned to love these plants, I guess, and became very familiar with them. Most ground covers, not surprisingly, are easy to propagate from cuttings. They root readily. That’s one thing characteristic that makes a plant a good ground cover.
Think about it…