Covering Old Ground

Not that anyone has asked me, but I thought I would weigh in on my personal choices of ground cover/underplanting.

I am a traditionalist.  I like four plants for covering those awkward spaces under roses, hydrangea and other flowering shrubs.

My number one choice is Nepeta, specifically Walkers’ Low.  I love this plant. It is hearty, beautiful, fragrant and voluminous.  Its only downside is that if you have cats, they like to nap right in the middle of them. It’s also known as catmint.

Nepeta Walkers Low and Pink Roses

My second choice is hosta.  There are so many smaller cultivars these days, and they are  mostly all fabulous.

Hosta Underplanting

My third choice is stachys, or lambs ears.  They add texture and a beautiful grey color that blends with everything.

Lambs Ears Underplanting

My fourth choice is lavender.  It’s a bit hard to get started, but once it gets going, it is just about perfect.

Lavender and Boxwood

And they are all great bee plants!

9 thoughts on “Covering Old Ground

  1. PJ Girl says:

    I love your choices – they’re so beautiful!

  2. Ogee says:

    I didn’t think to ask, but I’m glad you offered!

  3. We have similar taste with these lovely flowers.

  4. I’m growing three out of four of these lovelies. Great photos.

  5. Thank you for posting this. I love these suggestions.

  6. I’m with you on all four choices! I have them all, love them all, though I can only keep lavender going here in a pot. But I can still run my hands over it every day :-)

  7. willowbatel says:

    I love the fullness hostas. They keep moisture in and the weeds out. Snails like them a bit too much though, and their shape makes finding the snails difficult. My yard is also too hot and sunny for them, with too harsh a soil. That said, one has sprouted up from a seedling, quite of its own accord. We also had a peony tree sprout up randomly. They started themselves right next to one another, in the coolest part of the yard. I’d really like to get about 4 more trees to scatter about, so we can reduce the heat we have. Our terracing absorbs all of the suns heat early and holds onto it well into the night. Plants on the corners of things are cooked if we don’t water them deeply and frequently.

  8. gardensunshine says:

    What a timely article. I have all of the above to move and a rose garden that looks kind of sad at the moment. I have Russian sage between my roses but it kind of flops all over the place and i keep it more to the back. Thank you for the great ideas. Keep them coming!

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