I am a very non-gardener. But, I need a groundcover to cover an area
about 400sq ft. I live in eastern PA. the area is a somewhat sloped
and is partial shade. I want something inexpensive that grows,
spreads quickly. OK if it is invasive. I want it to choke out
weeds. prefer something that is not too high, say 6" or so. Also,
is it too late to plant it now (mid Oct)?
I'd recommend DWARF varieties of hedera helix. The "needlepoint" variety
spreads quickly, not "invasive" in terms of spreading to the woods &
injuring the invironment, but very aggressive where planted, & easily
out-competes weeds. But if you can be a little more patient try some
VARIEGATED dwarf varieties, those those with white or gold or silver in
the leaves. They take longer to fill in spots but eventually they do it, &
the variegations add a feeling of light even in shady spots.
-paghat the ratgirl
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Lamium "Beacon Silver" will do the trick. Works nicely in Western NY, so
your climate won't present any problems. Spreads quickly, but easy to pull
if it travels to spots where you don't want it.
In this picture, it looks more like a mound than a ground cover, but we
don't know what's underneath the plant:
It's the light colored patch near the bottom.
Pachysandra will also work, but it spreads more slowly.
JSB, you're in the Rochester NY area, right?
That's not Western NY, honey. That's the Finger Lakes Region!
There is a difference between the two in weather patterns and heat domes.
I know WNY. I spent far too much of my life in Chautauqua County.
<I miss Rachacha, though>
i can ferry it over. i'll be in Rochester turkey weekend. i
may be out there earlier if a certain real estate guy gets his
act together & sets up an appointment (263 acres, 1 mile river
frontage, 4 bed/2.5 bath house, barn. yeah!)
Question with boldness even the existence of god; because if
I might. First, I need to do a bit of research about how much dryness and
acidity it'll put up with. I'm looking for something to grow under a pine
tree, a miserable environment. It can rain for 3 days straight and under
that tree, it'll still be just damp.
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