fast, green groundcover

Is there a plant, be it weed, herb, bush that stays green grows fast and forms a fairly low dense groundcover? Like I said I don't really care if it's a weed, just so long as it stays green. My large yard has tons of locations that are magnets for weeds (red deadnettle this year for some reason) and I would prefer to cover them with groundcover rather than let them get overgrown with noxious weeds. Personally I would prefer herbs, and I have thought about mint or chives, but I don't think they'll grow well in this particular soil - partial shade, clay soil, Seattle is the area.
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Sweet woodruff
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Billy wrote:

I've got to try this particularly since Google search indicates that deer don't eat it.
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Do you get snow in Seattle? I have a small succulent with a tiny red flower that I grow under pine trees and in another hard tough area and it crowds out weeds and stays green all year round and has done right through 6 years of drought with no additional watering. It grow fast, rips out fast if it goes where I don't want it, has never been fed or watered and it survives very heavy frosts down to -9 degrees C, but as we don't get snow, I don't know if it'd survive if you got snow. The only catch is that I don't know what it's called and would have to stick a pic of it somewhere for others to identify.
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I live in Seattle. There are so many really good year 'round ground covers that will work for you it's hard to know where to start. For goodness sakes don't use mint! It will over take everything and you'll have a worse situation than you do now with the weeds. Chives are not really a ground cover and depending on what part of Seattle you are in and what kind of winter we have they won't always be green. There's practically a whole different zone range depending on whether you are down close to the Sound or on the far east side but most of the groundcovers you'd want will do well in the whole area.
Thyme makes a good ground cover and thrives around here. Native kinnickaknick does well as does lambs ears, although it's silvery mine doesn't die back in the winter. One of the sections of The Bellevue Botanical Gardens is a Groundcover Garden. You could go take a walk through that and jot down the names of whatever strikes your fancy. Everything is labeled and you can even get a map of the garden with a plant list.
Why don't you drop into a good nursery, the Seattle area has lot of them, and look at what they have in their ground cover sections, talk to the people about what you want. You'll most likely have to go there anyway to get what you want. Gardening season is really gearing up now so if you could possibly go on a weekday they won't be so busy and will have plenty of time to chat.
If you want any more info about the Seattle gardening scene, where to go, who to talk to, email me at 'Valkyriemi at yahoo dot com' . Put "rec.gardens" in the subject line so I don't toss you into the spam pile.
Val

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Thank you for the replies, and thank everyone else for the replies as well. I noticed a lot of references to thyme and oregano - and while I would greatly prefer that type of plant it just doesn't propagate quickly enough for my tastes, plus dandilions seem to eat them for lunch.
I do mosey over to Squak Mt. nursery on occasion, but they are somewhat lacking in the troubleshooting department. I'll take a look at the Bellevue botanical gardens, I used to live right next to them actually, but thought they were for official city business only.
For Billy, I'll take a closer look at sweet woodruff - sounds like it would be better suited for the areas I'm interested in, under the big Doug Fir, around the aging crippled dogwood where Beggar's Lice and Red Deadnettle have taken over.
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I planted 1 plug of sweet woodruff about 30 years ago. Now it covers about 200 square feet. But it is not a continuous sweet woodruff carpet. Seems it like to mosey about. I never made new plugs just let the one move on its own. If I had plugged it about it would be more wide spread. Check about with the neighbors perhaps they have it.
I got mine from
<http://www.nicholsgardennursery.com/
We use it to make may wine.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_wine>
Funny this year the woodruff is flowering nicely but local strawberries seem real late.
Bill
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Since you are near Squak Mt here's a couple of nurseries that I would recommend to you. Good customer service, good inventory, and very knowledgeable, friendly staff. I'm sure they can recommend a whole list of groundcover plants we didn't even think to mention.
Classic Nursery & Landscape Company 12526 Avondale Road NE
Hayes Nursery 12504 Issaquah-Hobart Rd SE
Classic Nursery has a whole section of plants just for native plant landscaping. Hayes Nursery has a 'frequent buyer' program.
Until your ground cover gets established you're going to have to really keep on top of the weeds. Unfortunately that's just the nature of gardening, don't know how you can avoid it. If there's a secret solution revealed to you be sure to let us all know!
Val
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would be no big trip, and it sure beats the crap you get from Lowes or <shudder> Home Despot. I believe I know Hayes, just never been there, I ride past in on my bike all the time.
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I dropped by Hayes this morning, nice place really. A very friendly lady helped me pick out some ground cover that I sure hope does the trick - some Bishop's Weed and some Mother of Thyme.
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If not, try Mentha spicata and/or Mentha x piperita. Ground cover for life;-)
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If you grow potatoes, Deadnettle is supposed to be a good companion plant:-)
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Maybe I should put a whole plantation down, grow ethanol for my truck? I'm serious I never saw deadnettle ANYWHERE before this year. It just poof, popped out of the ground in March and has now spread across the land like a maroon plague. It's not the most hideous weed in the world, at least it has that going for it.
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On Fri, 2 May 2008 16:35:31 -0700, "Eigenvector"

Pennyroyal Corsican mint Thyme Oregano Ruellia Vinca Mondo grass
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Eigenvector wrote:

Hedera.
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