Information About General Ground Cover Care

Groundcover For Foot Traffic: Choosing Groundcover That’s Walkable

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Walkable groundcovers serve many purposes in the landscape, but it’s important to choose carefully. The plants must have the ability to bounce back relatively quick. For a few examples of attractive and durable groundcovers for foot traffic, click here.

Creeping Succulent Plants – Do Succulents Make Good Groundcover

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

If you are new to gardening but may want to give it a try, growing succulents is a good way to start. In the landscape, succulent plants that spread create a carpet of texture combined with low maintenance ease. To learn how to plant succulent ground covers, click here.

Guide To Groundcover Spacing – How Far To Plant Spreading Plants Apart

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Groundcovers serve a number of important functions in the landscape. The tricky part is figuring out how to space groundcover plants so they fill in quickly, but optimal groundcover spacing depends on a number of factors. Click here for helpful tips on spacing.

Low Growing Plants To Plant Along Or In A Walkway

By Heather Rhoades

Many gardeners love the look of stone walkways, patios and driveways, but they have their difficulties. A good solution to many problems is to add low growing plants between the stones. Learn more in this article.

Nasturtium Varieties

The name nasturtium means ‘nose twist’ in Latin, or so I’m told. If you plan on growing nasturtium, the first step is to pick the right size and variety for your spot.

Dwarf or Bush Nasturtium Varieties:

  • Alaska Mix – Alaska Mix is compact and pretty, with multiple different colors of flowers. This heirloom variety is ideal for those new to nasturtiums or with small gardens. Consider planting these in a window box or hanging basket.
  • Empress of India – The leaves are slightly darker than most nasturtiums, with a pretty blue tinge. The darker leaves contrast beautifully against the red flowers. This type remains dense and won’t get leggy.
  • Jewel Mix – Jewel mix will sprawl but doesn’t vine. It’s another variety with multiple colors on the same plant. I have found that this one flowers a little longer in summer than others. I’ve also noticed I can get more blossoms in a cluster than with other nasturtiums.
  • Peach Melba – This compact plant has lovely yellow flowers with a dramatic raspberry-colored center. Peach Melba flowers early and will continue flowering until frost.
  • Strawberry and Cream – This is a dramatic variety with splashes of strawberry that look like they’ve been painted on. It stays a petite 12 inches and flowers from June until frost.

Other notable dwarf varieties are:

  • Mahogany
  • Phoenix
  • Vesuvius
  • Whirly Bird

Semi-Trailing Nasturtium Varieties:

Semi-trailing plants grow 2-3 feet tall and wide.

  • Scarlet Gleam – Great for hanging baskets, window boxes or over a low wall. I have used Scarlet as ground cover, and I have seen it climbing a trellis to nice effect.
  • Troika Red – While some Nasturtium varieties are over a hundred years old, this is a newer type. It will grow to around 12 inches high and spread out to 40 inches.
  • Salmon Gleam – Salmon Gleam is slightly larger than other semi-trailing varieties. It spreads to around 60 inches or so. When I grew this, people commented that the flowers look like they glow in the sun.

Climbing or Vining Nasturtium Varieties:

Climbing types of nasturtium vine to 6-8 feet or longer.

  • Jewel of Africa – I’ve grown Jewel of Africa on an unused bank, and it has taken over the entire area. Admittedly, I didn’t do anything to contain it, but if you have space and want something that will fill it, this is the one to try.
  • Tall Trailing Mix – This vine will travel. Like Jewel of Africa and all other climbing types, you need plenty of space – at least 10 feet per plant. The orange, yellow and red flowers are spicy, and the plant will climb walls and fences.

How to Find Plants that Are Safe for Dogs

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) maintains lists of plants that are toxic to dogs, cats and/or horses.

Check the list before selecting plants, because if Fido started gnawing on a common calla lily, you’d find yourself with a hefty vet bill.

You might be surprised at just how many common landscaping plants have some level of toxicity for cats and dogs. In many cases the symptoms are limited to vomiting or diarrhea for a short period of time, but in other cases consuming these plants may lead to serious health issues or death. Therefore, all pet parents should thoroughly research any plants they plan to use in their landscaping design.

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