Bare spots in a landscape are unnecessary and if you chose the right ground cover, you will be happy to find your maintenance problems are over.

If the area is sunny and not in a traffic lane, consider any of the trailing or creeping junipers. They are evergreen and come in a variety of heights (4-12 inches) and colors from silver to blue-green. They are slow growing, so plant on two-foot centers and thin as they get established.

With less sun and moderate shade, Asian jasmine is hard to beat because of its dense cover and hardiness. An evergreen with growth heights of 6-12 inches, it is one of our most popular ground covers. For something different, consider lamb’s ear (evergreen) or purple leaf Euonymous which gets its name from its fall colors.

In dense shade, you have the option of selecting one of the many evergreen ivy plants. They are slow to get established (2 years for good cover) but are very hardy with glossy leaves. Plant them close together. Another option would be one of the Vinca (V. major or V. minor). Their growing habits are like the ivy but they are taller plants and have flowers. Mondo or monkey grass and its cousin Liriope are also excellent ground covers.

Paul Ferguson, former Smith County Master Gardener
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

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