Looking for hardy ground cover (pref. evergreen)

griphusApril 9, 2014


We have some areas in our yard that are currently mulched with some spireas planted.

I'm looking for a nice, hardy ground cover I can plant in the mulch that will grow around the spireas. I'm thinking something like:

Calgary Carpet Juniper - http://www.naturehills.com/juniper-calgary-carpet
Siberian Cypress - http://www.naturehills.com/siberian-cypress-celtic-pride
Bar Harbor Juniper - http://www.naturehills.com/juniper-bar-harbor

Anyone that can offer any advice? I'm pretty much going for minimum maintenance and maximum durability.

This is on the south side of our house, right up against the house, so it gets a lot of direct sunlight, wind, and dirt from the road/interstate in the summer.


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How about something evergreen and also something that flowers in the summer. I would plant Hypericum calycinum - St. Johns Wort.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 9:24PM
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It's the right idea, but i'm in zone 4A at best, and more realistically 3b... i think it would probably die.

It's also going to go around a bunch of spireas and a lilac bush - so the lower to the ground and the more "creepy" the better. :)

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 11:02PM
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mary4b(4b WI)

If you want low to the ground, you could do a mixture of ajuga and sedum. Ajuga can get in the lawn if it loves your property, but sedums rarely would. They can both handle your full sun.

Regarding the junipers, I'm not sure that they would really "grow around" the spireas. I think they'd eventually end up competing and overcrowding each other.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 12:06AM
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