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Ground cover plants – the solution for shaded positions in your garden

Garden Life
“Low-growing ground cover plants“ – a term which appears among hobby gardeners when they deal with difficult garden areas like steep or shaded zones. But what is so special about these low-growing, hardy plants?
Every garden has a certain corner which can make a hobby gardener desperate. This could be the rockery, artificial pond bank or even steep, shaded places below trees and bushes in which no plant wants to grow at all! In such cases, we recommend ground cover plants.

This type of plant is very unambitious relating to care and place. Low-growing ground cover plants do not care whether it rains or whether the sun shines. They grow in almost all weather conditions.
Ground cover plants have the characteristic to grow more in width than in height. Therefore, they quickly form a dense plant carpet. This compact cover is very beneficial as it prevents sunlight from getting through to the soil – thus hindering weed seeds to sprout and grow next to the plant. Another important benefit is that the low growing plants protect the soil from drying out. If the ground is exposed to too much sun, this might lead to soil erosion. If the soil stays moist, it is easy for roots to absorb nutrients. Furthermore, roots loosen up the soil and provide a natural habitat for many animals like beetles.
At the beginning, many hobby gardeners are sceptical about ground-cover plants with the feeling that they are unattractive . But ground-cover plants do not have to be unattractive at all. They are especially suitable for different combinations with other plant species. A diversified appearance can be achieved meaning it is possible that unpopular corners can shine resplendent in your garden all year.

There is a big variety of this easy-care type of plant. It starts with roses and herbage, goes on with bushes and ends with climbing plants. Well-known ground-cover plants are creepers ivy and blackberry, herb thyme and also bush creeping juniper which even is hard-wearing.

Conclusion: Grow ground-cover plants instead of monotonous grass! They place a creative emphasis in unappealing corners in your garden and keep up the natural look. Moreover, ground-cover plants do not need much care – and make it hard for weeds to settle next to them.