Tag Archives: ground covers

Building Your Soil

Learn about adaptive strategies that gardeners can take to improve their soil.

Maintaining the health of our soil is the primary strategy for climate resilience. As the second largest ecosystem after the world’s oceans, soil not only provides physical support of our plants, but also is crucial in the cycling of water and nutrients. In addition, it provides habitat for a multitude of living things, including beneficial microbes that develop special relationships with plants. Continue reading

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GROUND COVER: Mitchella repens (Partridge-berry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Partridge-berry is a sweet trailing plant with shiny rounded evergreen leaves with a distinctive stripe down the mid-vein.  Continue reading

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GROUND COVER: Chrysogonum virginianum (Green-and-Gold)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This low, spreading ground cover forms a star-studded mat of velvety foliage that is as attractive at the front of a formal border as it is in a naturalistic setting. In the Mid-Atlantic Region,* it is mostly found in Virginia, where it is common in the Piedmont and lower mountains. Continue reading

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Some Native Ground Covers for Spring

Fact sheets for fifteen native ground covers are featured on the MGNV web site under “Tried and True Native Plant Selection for the Mid-Atlantic.” Here are some additional species that are native to our region and that are suitable for use in the home landscape. Continue reading

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