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Experiment: What's the Best Groundcover?

Experiment: What's the Best Groundcover?

While the backyard is being solarized, I'm planning groundcovers. I'll have a lot of ground to cover (literally) and it's a big investment. Figuring that the front probably has similar soil conditions to the back (though slightly different light conditions), I picked up a few groundcovers at the big box store to plant out front that are suitable for USDA zone 6b. This way, I'll be able to take them for a test drive and see which ones perform the best. 

Here's what I picked out: 

From top to bottom, Irish Moss, Creeping Jenny, and Chocolate Chip Ajuga.

From top to bottom, Irish Moss, Creeping Jenny, and Chocolate Chip Ajuga.

I also decided to transplant some stonecrop Sedum that I had elsewhere in my yard, and I purchased some creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum) to start from seed indoors.

Check back for results! 

The groundcovers installed. Top row from left: Ajuga, Creeping Jenny. Bottom row from left, Irish Moss and a stonecrop sedum. 

The groundcovers installed. Top row from left: Ajuga, Creeping Jenny. Bottom row from left, Irish Moss and a stonecrop sedum. 

Garden Hack: Baling Branches

Garden Hack: Baling Branches

When Forsythia Grows Out of Control: A Guide to Pruning

When Forsythia Grows Out of Control: A Guide to Pruning