Choosing Plants For Zone 4 Ground Cover
Zone 4 covers are the most common type of landscape. They have become very popular because they provide good drainage, do not require regular watering, and are easy to maintain. However, these types of landscapes need careful planning if they want to survive in today’s climate.
In general, there are two types of ground cover plants: annuals and perennials. Annuals include grasses, sedges, rushes, clovers and other small annual grasses; while perennial plants include wildflowers such as dandelions or blueberries. These kinds of plants all grow from seeds which germinate once a year in springtime. When planted out in the fall they will produce new growth every year until frost kills them off.
The main difference between annuals and perennials is that annuals can live for many years, whereas perennials only last one growing season. Many gardeners choose to plant their groundcover plants into containers so they can keep them alive through the winter months. Other gardeners prefer to grow their groundcovers themselves at home. Both methods work well but some people like having a little extra guidance when it comes to choosing plants for their gardens.
Another good groundcover that can stand the test of time is Sea Lavender. This plant has small purple flowers and a bushy appearance. The plant itself only grows to be about 6 inches tall so it is perfect for rock gardens, pathways, or any other type of ground covering you may want to use it for. However, it can be a little tricky to grow because it needs very well-drained soil.
One of the most popular groundcovers, and perhaps the most commonly used, is the English Ivy. This plant is very adaptable and can be used for a number of reasons. It grows well on rocks, walls, steep hills and even embankments making it one of the best choices for any gardener. It can even survive in standing water which makes it perfect for areas that often suffer from flooding.
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