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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Dense Shade Plants Cope with Difficult Conditions
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Ground shaded by a leafy tree canopy can be extremely dry throughout the summer, but shade-loving lenten rose, hostas and wood ferns can thrive there. Another option is reducing a tree's crown so more light and moisture reach the ground below, then planting variegated ground elder, sweet woodruff, bunchberry, Japenese spurge or one of the many species of ivy.

Many colorful hardy geraniums are tough enough to cope with the difficult conditions under a dense tree canopy. Bigroot geraniums, in particular, do well here.

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