A variety of native plant species, including perennials, ferns, grasses, and even some woody plants, can function as ground covers in multiple landscape situations. Learn which native species may serve as excellent replacements for overused and invasive traditional ground covers such as English ivy, liriope, periwinkle, and creeping euonymus, while providing much-need food and habitat for our local pollinators and birds.
Online class offered by Extension Master Gardeners.
Speaker: Extension Master Gardener Elaine Mills, a creative force behind the resource Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic, will share her experience growing most of these plants in her own garden and at the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, a Virginia Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden in Arlington, Virginia, where she serves as a co-coordinator.
Zoom session, recorded September 26, 2020
Video of Presentation
- 0:00:00 Introduction
- 0:00:49 Overview
- 0:08:59 Low-Growing Perennials for Sun
- 0:16:26 Taller Perennials for Sun
- 0:27:51 Questions
- 0:36:32 Grasses & Rushes for Sun
- 0:40:07 Woody Plants for Sun
- 0:46:30 Plants for Sun to Shade
- 0:52:12 Questions
- 0:56:37 Low-Growing Perennials for Shade
- 1:07:36 Taller Perennials for Shade
- Ferns for Shade
- 1:21:27 Grasses & Sedges for Shade
- 1:24:19 Woody Plant for Shade
- 1:25:50 Resources
- 1:29:52 Questions
- See fact sheets for many of these plants under Tried & True Native Plants for the Mid-Atlantic on the website for Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (https://mgnv.org/plants/)
- See the Plant NoVA Natives website (https://www.plantnovanatives.org/native-only-sellers) for sources of native plants
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