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Favorite Ground Cover Plants for Any Yard Space

Ground covers are highly desirable in the landscape. They can make a plain area into a blooming mat of beauty. They can fill in cracks between stepping stones, spill over landscape stone, or even replace a high-maintenance lawn. Ground cover can offer water-saving living mulch and will cut down the amount of weeds that you have to pull, making your gardening job a lot easier. There are plenty of types of plants that make great ground covers, but several are staples that fill needs that are common, and are still well behaved enough to live happily in a well-tended garden. Here are some...

Plants for Borders and Edging

Selecting plants for bordering or edging a garden or path can be just as frustrating as accessorizing a room or an outfit. You want the overall picture to look pulled together with your choices. I like to divide plants for this purpose into two divisions: compact and spreaders . These plants grow in the 3 foot and under height range. Compact plants are just that. They will grow within a defined space only getting slightly larger over the following years. If the area needs a strong barrier, consider a low growing shrub or grass such as Hameln Grass, Spiraea Magic Carpet, Cotoneaster...