Favorite ground cover

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  1. marlingardener

    marlingardener Strong Ash

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    Ground covers here in Texas can be difficult to establish and even harder to keep growing. This is my favorite ground cover--Skullcap (scuttelaria). The pink variety is a native of Texas, and grows well in almost full to half-day sun.

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    Skullcap ( photo / image / picture from marlingardener's Garden )

    We brought this one with us when we moved to the farm. It arrived in a 4" pot, grew, and now we have two of them well-established. When there's a lot of ground to cover, skullcap does a good job!
     
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  3. Philip Nulty

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    Hi Jane,
    i like that!,.. Scuttelaria,..almost like a red version of my Lobelia,..which is blue of course!.
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I knew there was a native ground cover I wanted to get this year but had forgotten the name, thanks for the remembery ;)

    We are going to Weston Gardens south of Ft. Worth tomorrow, wanted to yesterday but the storms were moving in so we decided to come straight home from Ganbury. Hopefully they will have them since they specialize in natives.
     
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    marlingardener Strong Ash

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    Toni,
    I have heard there are white and blue versions, also, but have never found them.
    Good hunting at Weston Gardens!
     



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    dooley Super Garden Turtle

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    Maybe I will have to look at ground covers. Right now I have dirt, weeds and tree roots. I wanted to plant grass but need to get rid of the roots first.
    dooley
     
  7. lukeypukey

    lukeypukey In Flower

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    i tried alyssum (snowdrift)last year which looked really nice, and really easy to grow too. and im looking to pinch a little vinca major from work for my garden at home.
     
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    Pianolady In Flower

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    Dead nettle is my favorite ground cover. It tolerates our winters and stays looking good the entire summer season.

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    Petronius Young Pine

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    I like Blue Star Creeper.
     
  10. Kminster

    Kminster New Seed

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    I grow a lot of Cerastium Tomentosum. Lovely sivery/white leaves all year round and white flowers during late Spring/early Summer.

    Would it be possible for our American friends to also put up Latin names please as well as common names are often different over here in the U K. Indeed even over here they can vary. The plant I've just named is known as " Snow in Summer " down South but around the Midlands it's known as " White Rock ".
     
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    Wow, @Kminster do you know all plants by their Latin names? I only know the common names of my plants :)
     
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    Kminster New Seed

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    Hi Kazza , yeah I mostly use Latin names. You probably know more than you realise.
     
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