Covering Ground

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  • Copyright: 2007-07-30
  • Publisher: Storey Books
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Open sweeps of lawn are a large part of most home landscapes, but imagine turning those stretches of lawn into striking swathes of beautifully planted ground covers. Barbara W. Ellis explores hundreds of wonderful possibilities in her new guide, helping readers create eyecatching splashes of color and texture in unexpected places. More than just broad expanses of a single plant, ground covers can bring a fresh look to dozens of landscaping challenges and opportunities. Flowering plants, herbs, mosses, groundhugging shrubs, and heathers, planted singly or in creative combinations, can cover all sorts of ground situations with unexpected drama and add an elegant, professional look to otherwise dull and ordinary areas. Additionally, hardscape lawn alternatives such as bluestone, crushed gravel, brick, or shredded bark mulch introduce pathways and help create defined borders. Working with the theory that ground covers should be hardworking as well as beautiful, Part One, Rolling Out the Carpet, inspires readers with low-maintenance, creative ideas. Simplify lawn mowing by filling in awkward corners with easy-to-care-for colorful plants. Edge walkways to keep them neat and attractive. Use broad drifts to control erosion along streams. Ground covers can fit anywhere. Part Two, Landscaping with Ground Covers, matches plants to specific site requirements. Looking for herbs hardy enough to thrive between stepping stones? Shrubby plants that tolerate full sun? Native ferns for a woodland floor or moss gardens for acid shade? Ellis has all the answers and the experience to combine appropriate plants in stunning combinations. Part Three includes in-depth how-to for planting, growing, and propagating, with special emphasis on site preparation, plant selection, and weed control. From single-plant drifts to unexpected plant combinations and new uses for natural hardscaping, ground covers are an exciting, low maintenance alternative to traditional lawns.

Table of Contents

Getting Creative with Ground Coversp. 8
Rolling Out the Carpetp. 11
Why Ground Covers?p. 12
Making the Most of Ground Coversp. 14
Addressing Problem Spotsp. 18
Knowing Your Sitep. 26
Plant Selectionp. 37
Creating Combinationsp. 42
Going Wildp. 47
Aggressive & Invasive Ground Coversp. 50
Covering Ground with Hardscapep. 57
Perfect Plants for Every Sitep. 67
Active Spreaders for Sun & Shadep. 69
Sun Lovers for a Patterned Gardenp. 77
Ground Huggers for Paths & Stepping-Stonesp. 89
Small Scale Spreadersp. 97
Perennials for Bold Cover in Sunp. 105
Ground Covers for a Sunny Slopep. 113
Vines for Covering Groundp. 123
Shrubby Ground Covers for Sun & Shadep. 129
Selections for Shadep. 147
Flowering Ground Covers for Shadep. 159
Native Plants for a Woodland Floorp. 165
Ground Covers for Wet Soilp. 173
Ground Covers for Acid Soilp. 179
Planting, Growing & Propagatingp. 185
Site Preparation Basicsp. 186
Buying & Installing Ground Coversp. 192
Planting on Slopesp. 196
Planting over Timep. 198
Caring for New Plantsp. 199
Renovating Ground Coversp. 201
Growing Your Ownp. 203
USDA Hardiness Zone Mapp. 210
Photography & Garden Design Creditsp. 211
Resourcesp. 211
Indexp. 212
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