It's important to spend time choosing the best plant for the site. The
groundcover chart (see inside) lists characteristics of different plants.
Some factors you need to consider:
- Light exposure: Is it a
shady area or full sun? Some groundcovers can do well in either sun
- Water needs: What is the
typical moisture in your soil? The less water you have to add, the better.
- Soil type: Is your soil
heavy with clay, or mostly sandy? Pick plants suited to existing soil.
- Foot traffic: Will there
be lots? Some plants are more tolerant of this than others.
- Maintenance: What will the
plants need to stay happy? Some are nearly maintenance free.
- Winter appearance: What
will the plant look like during the winter? Many groundcovers are evergreen.
- Size of the area: How much
plant material will you need? You may want to start with a small area
and slowly enlarge it.
- Growth rates: How slowly
or aggressively will this plant grow?
- Native or noxious: Is this
plant native to our climate? This can ease your maintenance in some
cases. Don't select plants that are legally designated as "noxious"
(call the Whatcom County Noxious Weed Control Board at (360) 354-3990
for a current list).
- Features: Consider color,
blooming times, berries, and foliage.
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