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Sometimes you can't plant grass or cover a bare area where nothing seems to grow that is green or has color.  You may have a steep slope where grass seed runs off and never gets to root or you may want to cover some nasty tree roots or rock.  The shade of a large tree, shrub or structure blocks sufficient light.  Dry or wet areas can all have color and look great if you plant a ground cover.  There is no reason for any landscape to have a barren area unless it's intended to be that way..

Ground covers carpet the landscape with low plants that are not meant to be walked on.  Ground covers are ornamental, they are a colorful alternative to grass or a solution for a problem area.  They also prevent soil erosion.

Shallow rooted ground covers are best planted under trees.  The best time to plant ground covers is in the Spring or Fall.

 

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Ajuga, Chocolate Chip
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Plants are small but grow densely in thick mats, somewhat naturalizing, especially in damp areas in dappled shade creating carpets of chocolate foliage. Combines well with ferns, hostas, dicentras and other shade-lovers. A neat selection for brilliant color in shade.  Shipped as live plant.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sedum, Ground Cover Collection
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Color bare spots in full sun with these three showy sedums. Turn problem spots in the garden into beds of sparkling salmon, blue-green and yellow. These dense-growing sedums carry rosettes of small, spongy leaves that can stand up to deer, drought and direct sun. Includes one plant each of Oracle, Coral Carpet and Weihenstephaner Gold.  Shipped as live plant.

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Sedum, Firecracker
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Sizzling color for your hot, dry problem areas. Lustrous, ruby red, succulent foliage opens with a hint of mint green on compact, low growing, upright plants that are multi branched from a single stem. Use the vigorous, drought tolerant plants as a perennial groundcover, to attract butterflies to your garden. Thrives on neglect in average to poor soils.  Shipped as live plant.

 

 

 

 

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Sedum, Oriental Dancer
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Oriental Dancer’ traipses into view with a long-running, fanciful flurry of red-pink flowers, star-shaped clusters complemented by dark green-red leaves. Low-growing 10- 12” groundcover creates an eye-catching spectacular mass of color in a border. After planting and first watering, peak-performing, upright plants are work-free. Clean, tidy plants: heat tolerant, winter hardy, and pollinator friendly.  Shipped as live plant.

 

 

 

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Sedum rupestre, Angelina
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Hands down the easiest plant to grow. Low-growing stonecrop, which will form a mat only 4” tall. Excellent ground cover Angelina is best used massed in front of the perennial border or in rock gardens. The leaves are the main ornamental interest of this cultivar. In temper climate, the leaves usually turn reddish-orange in fall. We recommend to plant in areas where both the foliage and flowers may be appreciated.

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Sedum, Fulda Glow
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Rose-red flowers appear in late summer on short stalks, complemented by handsome bronze-red foliage. ‘Fulda Glow’ keeps its color—and glow— all season long. Plants enthusiastically spread out, producing a gratifying foliage spread, that’s alluring as a groundcover. Drought-tolerant plants do best in sites with dry soil, with plenty of sun. Unfussy plants require little in the way of upkeep.

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Sedum, Sunsparkler Cherry Tart PPAF
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A continuous feast of color: pretty deep-pink flowers and fantastic cherry-red foliage. A welcome feature in the landscape or on the patio; a gorgeous groundcover. Full sun.

 

 

 

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Sedum, Sunsparkler Dazzleberry PP 22457
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Easy to grow, sedum Sunsparkler, Dazzleberry puts on a great display of texture and color. Foliage is unique form of blue with graphite shades, and can be seen from far. Blooms are crimson red, blooming for more than 6 weeks, attracting butterflies and pollinators. Resistant to heat and drought, Sunsparkler Dazzlerry requires little care and thrives in poor soil once established.

 

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Sedum, Oracle
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Bluish-green, small succulent leaves form a thick, spreading groundcover. In spring, clusters of small starry, yellow blooms add a delightful touch. Sedums are no-fuss choices for bare spots in the garden. Plants are easy to grow in full sun, provided well-drained soil. Drought-tolerant

 

 

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Sedum, Weihenstephaner Gold
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clusters of small, bright canary yellow flowers in spring. A flat creeper with dense, spongy leaves, plants spread to cover spaces. Drought and deer resistant, and attracts butterflies.

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Sedum, Coral Carpet
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Add interest to otherwise drab green ground covers. Edge green lawns, or use in rock gardens and raised beds. The salmon coral hues add sparkle to low-lying spaces. Small, succulent leaves form mats, dense enough to hide bare spots, and cascade over rockery . Drought tolerant and care-fre.

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Sedum, Pink Stars
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Ground-hugging carpets of small leaves are covered with dainty, rose pink star clusters. Plants thrive in well-drained soils in full sun. Use in rock gardens, troughs and as edging along sunny paths. Vigorous enough to crowd out weeds in open spaces.

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