Spectacular Blankets: Using Groundcover Plants to Your Advantage

Decorative features in their own right, groundcover plants' dense knit of leaves, stems and flowers provide a moisture-rich tapestry of color, texture and form.

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Tough Plants for Tough Sites

Free-draining soils are "hungry." The organic matter you feed them usually breaks down quickly, to short-lived effect. If you're looking to choose plants better suited to its condition, rather than trying to change the soil, look no further than your feet: many ground cover plants thrive on sunny sites, such as shrubby cinquefoil or sage. Several flowering ground cover plants that thrive on sunny sites are also aromatic, such as lavender or thyme.

This gravel border features mostly Mediterranean-style groundcover plants, including thyme and catmint.

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