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Groundcovers Groundcovers beautify your property while reducing labor and maintenance. Once established, they are a carefree means of carpeting difficult areas, growing ideally in shaded or partially shaded areas where grass will not grow, or in hard to reach or sloping areas where mowing is difficult. Use mulch 1 to 2 inches deep the first two seasons for rapid rooting of runners.
Cotoneaster horizontalis Truly a four-season shrub, this semi-evergreen begins spring with starry pink flowers, followed by glossy, round berries of bright scarlet that persist throughout autumn and well into winter. Small, rounded leaves of deep green turn reddish orange to maroon in autumn. The growth pattern of this groundcover is dense and rather stiff, with bristly shoots jutting outward in a herringbone pattern. Useful for espaliering or scrambling over stones in a rock garden plus general groundcover applications. Slow-growing and unappetizing to deer, Rockspray Cotoneaster attracts bees, butterflies, and birds into the garden, and is quite drought-tolerant once established. Unusual and useful in every season. 1-gallon container.
Z 5-8 | spring | sun/light shade | H: 3', W: 5-8'
48614 $19.95 ea | 3 for $16.95 ea
Andromeda polifolia 'Blue Ice' 'Blue Ice' is an outstanding ornamental for the North! From early to mid-spring it bears attractive true pink, ¼-inch flowers in terminal clusters. Year-round it sports long, slender, elegant blue leaves that look fresh and attractive! Perfect for a groundcover or edging, it’s a must-have in cold climates! Planted in full sun to light shade, 'Blue Ice' grows to 2 to 3 feet tall and wide. Selected by the Canadian Ornamental Plant Foundation for its striking, powdery blue foliage, this evergreen shrub provides year-round appeal in temperate landscapes. Needs a well-drained sandy soil, amended with peat, that remains cool and moist. 1-quart container. Z 3-6 | early spring/mid spring | sun/part shade | H: 24-36", W: 24-36"
46826 $16.95 ea | 3 for 14.95 ea
Arctostaphylos 'Uva-Ursi Massachusetts' A glorious evergreen ground cover for sandy, acid soils and sunny oceanside plantings. Tiny, glossy green leaves densely cover even the poorest soils. Lower growing than the species, its dark foliage bronzes in winter. Very freeflowering white blossoms flushed with pink bloom for a full 6 weeks, followed by plenty of beautiful red berries. Vigorous and trouble free. 1-quart container.
Andromeda polifolia ‘Blue Ice’
Arctostaphylos ‘Uva-Ursi Massachusetts’
Z 2-8 | late spring/early summer | sun/part shade | H: 6", W: 12-15"
48966 $9.95 ea | 3 for 8.95 ea
Fragaria Lipstick How about this for an elegant groundcover — an Ornamental Strawberry with big, reddish-rose blooms from mid-spring all the way until frost! Lipstick is just about the showiest thing to happen to groundcover in years, and few plants are easier to grow! Hardy from one end of the country to the other, Lipstick reaches just 6 to 8 inches high, but spreads up to 3 feet wide, with quick growth and attractive deep green leaves. (Space plants 12 inches apart for dense coverage.) 4-inch pot. Z 3-8 | mid spring/early fall | sun | H: 6-8", W: 18-24"
43768 $8.95 ea | 3 for $7.95 ea
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