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Ground cover & groundcover plants
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Can you suggest some ground cover plants for a slightly damp, shady place?
Although such a situation may be considered as a bit of a problem site, there are lots of lovely plants you can grow here.
Obvious choices include: hostas - which love these conditions but take action against slugs; epimediums - which have attractive foliage which is evergreen in some varieties, and turns glorious colours in autumn; Alchemilla mollis (ladies mantle) with its lovely, furry foliage and masses of foamy late spring flowers; lamiums (deadnettles) with their coloured and often variegated foliage; ajugas (bugles) which also have coloured foliage and blue flowers in late spring; Asiatic and candelabra primulas which provide good cover underneath their tall spikes of flowers.
What ground cover plants would you recommend for a cottage garden? The soil is sandy and dry.
The following plants will be suitable for ground cover:
Cotoneaster congestus, C. dammeri, C. microphyllus
Genista hispanica, G. lydia, G. pilosa
Stephanandra incisa 'Crispa'
Several series of roses, such as the Game Bird and Bells; Rosa wichuraiana 'Variegata'; Flower Carpet
Campanula portenschlagiana & C. poscharskyana
Phlox subulata, P. douglasii
Tellima grandiflorum 'Purpurea'
Viola esp V. cornuta
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