Ground Cover

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Chuck Sinclair, Mar 1, 2002.

  1. Chuck Sinclair

    Chuck Sinclair LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am looking for some kind of colorful ground cover that will grow under an oak tree. Any suggestions?
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    Pacasyndra grows well in the shade.
  3. Phlox should do well.
  4. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,900

    You could try myrtle (Perrywinkle, vinca vine) or ajuga bronze leaf.
    If you're looking for something w/ more coverage and slightly taller - hostas - over 1000 varieties:D

  5. Chuck,

    Good for your area:
    rubus pentalobus-common name:'Formosan Carpet'

    grevillea gaudichaudii- common name Mistletoe

    I have used these two types before in my area(at least I planted them, don't ask me for specifics) as ground covers under oaks here in Millbrae and San Mateo.

    Have fun:cool:

  6. Chuck,
    forgot which one as they were used on the same properties, but one did attract deer.
  7. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,205

    maybe some pachysandra procumbens(allgeny pachysandra), or some ajuga reptans(bugleweed)? pacysandra does well in shady areas so that may be the best bet
  8. hollywood

    hollywood LawnSite Member
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    liriope (lilyturf) or even some ferns should work well.

    Pachysandra terminalis probably best under an oak.
  9. VRL

    VRL LawnSite Member
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    What is the recommended spacing? Vinca Minor or Creeping Thyme for example.
  10. hollywood

    hollywood LawnSite Member
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    each plant set about 6-8" apart will be enough. it really depends on how much coverage you want to start off with. generally we try to feel out the client to see if they want an established look right off, or if they are willing to wait a few seasons for fuller coverage.

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