So many of us are lacking the color and beauty of our gardens, but we can improve our perennial ground covers through a variety of means. One way is to introduce annuals in your landscape, which come in a large variety of colors, textures, and forms. Annual ground covers are more eye pleasing than the perennial ground covers because they come in an array of shapes, sizes, heights and colors. We can improve our color by using annual ground covers, however, so let’s take a look at a few different ways we can make our perennial ground covers more eye pleasing.
Introducing perennials as a ground cover will provide us with several benefits, including eye appeal. When planting perennials as ground covers, make sure that you plant them in the correct size, depth, and location so that they will thrive. One of the best things about perennials is that they grow slowly and steadily, allowing you to watch them for a long time before deciding if you want to water them or pull them up.
We can also improve the eye appeal of our gardens by planting annuals in different shades. The perennial ground cover for your garden should be in one of three colors: white, cream, and grey. These three colors blend together quite well so it’s important that we plant these three colors so that they complement one another rather than clash in any way.
When planting in a row along your garden, plant one of the annuals first then work your way up the tree. The ground cover for this row should be planted about two to three feet deeper then the tree. The depth of the soil where the ground cover will be planted should be six to ten inches deeper then the tree. This will ensure that the roots of the ground cover will get more of the sun they need to grow strong and healthy.
As far as planting goes, there are several benefits to planting the perennial ground cover as opposed to a shrub. First, shrubs do not come with annuals which means they cannot be planted anywhere near the same spot twice because each annual has to come back down. Also, they are more susceptible to insects and diseases. Annuals, on the other hand, can be spread out evenly throughout a large area without much concern for spreading their roots. The shade provided by the perennial ground cover will also help reduce the amount of heat that the plant needs to survive.
Shrubs are an ideal ground cover when temperatures are warm and only need to stay cool for a short period. They are also a great option when you live in an area where shade is not found elsewhere. However, they are often very susceptible to sun damage from the sun. Perennial ground covers like the perennial ground cover can provide year round shade and can add much needed green space to an area. If you live in an area where there is not a lot of sun, then consider using some shade loving shrubs such as boxwood or azalea.
The perennial ground cover will give you some shade and will also add some wonderful greenery to your yard. Some ground covers are quite aromatic which is great for the garden. The best ground covers are always a mixture of different species that will work together to provide you with the shade and greenery that you need. The best time to plant perennial ground cover is spring through fall. Most ground cover material will dormant in the winter and return to growth in the spring. You should leave some of the soil unsoiled and fertilizer well before it returns to its full potential so that the ground has time to fully recover from being soggy.
There is much variety and you are sure to find the perfect perennial ground cover to meet your needs. Shrubs can provide year round shade and can range from evergreen ground covers to bushy shrubs. Azalea, boxwood, and many other plants are perennial ground covers that will add color and beauty to your garden. Check out the USDA Planting Guide for zones and perennial ground cover material for more information. If you are unsure, then seek out the advice of a local landscaping service.