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Video:Types of Ground Cover Plants

with Barry George

Certain plants do a great job of providing ground cover in your garden. This About.com video will go over a few types of ground cover plants.See Transcript

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Transcript:Types of Ground Cover Plants

This is Barry George with Crabapple Landscape Experts, here for About.com. And today we want to talk about ground cover. 

A lot of homeowners are looking for ground cover these days, some alternative plants to use in areas where growing grass might be a challenge. There are a couple great plants that you can use depending on your conditions.

Ground Cover Plants: Juniper

If you have a long slope which may be dangerous to mow, you can use juniper, which is blue rub juniper which is a great alternative. It's a nice shaggy plant that will grow together. Parsoni juniper is a great alternative for a hillside that you might want to cover in green and it's a nice evergreen material, so it's going to stay green all year round.

Ground Cover Plants: English Ivy

English ivy is actually an excellent solution for ground cover. A lot of customers would actually kill for a great looking English ivy in an area. It's a really aggressive plant that's going to grow into those areas. It'll cover bare spots and really cover unsightly areas where turf may not grow.

Ground Cover Plants: Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster is another great plant that you can use for ground cover. Instead of growing tall, it actually grows horizontally, it actually grows outwardly, so it's a great solution for covering areas of turf covering areas of hillside and it features small, round leaves and it's a really attractive plant.

Ground Cover Plants: Vinca

Another groundcover plant is vinca. Vinca is actually an invasive plant. It's actually an aggressively growing plant. It grows quickly and it requires continual pruning. It'll actually grow into 2 foot mounds with nice purple or periwinkle flowers.

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