Though they get scant attention and often go unnoticed altogether, ground covers are really important and a problem for most of my coachees. Adrian Higgins writes that in his garden, ground covers are â€œthe glue that holds the garden together,â€ â€œproviding some visual relief from the more exalted specimens in the garden.â€
First and foremost, ground must be covered, either by plants of some size or with hardscaping, like pavers for a patio, or by mulch. Large plants cover ground, of course, but on this website, ground covers are short of stature. (Not precise, I know.) Some can survive being walked on occasionally, and some not at all.
Susan Harris is a garden writer, gardening coach, Master Gardener, and activist for gardening and greening in the Washington, D.C. area.
Susan makes a living writing online for Independent Garden Centers. Then for just fun, she rants and raves regularly for the team blog GardenRant.com.