I'm trying to get some ground cover on a sunny slope, which usually gets swallowed by tall grasses in the Spring and Summer. I put out a bunch of Emerald Gaiety and most of them died after a year, even though they had decent water. They were going great and then just vanished.
English Ivy grows thick about 30ft away in a slightly shady area, so I'm going to put in new Ivy plants [Fall sale at Lowe's .50 each] and try those. I've already started some cuttings, but that will take a little longer. Some of the Lowes plants are Baltic, some of them are Golden Child. GP says it tolerates full sun, but doesn't spread as far as Baltic. Weeds are a huge problem on this hill, so I'm putting little square cardboard frames around each plant. During Spring, even with spraying Over the Top, coupled with the size of the slope, manual weeding becomes a big challenge. These are small plants, with a fist sized rootball.
The hole in the cardboard is about 4x6 inches, with 4" of edge on the sides, and 2" on the top/bottom edge. Hopefully these plants will grow over the cardboard edge, and then put down feelers/roots and continue.
I'm' also planning to place larger pieces of cardboard inbetween the plants, using landscape staples, and after the plants grow over their little cardboard collar, I can remove/adjust those pieces. Does this sound like a plan? Asiatic Jasmine is also on the menu.