If you're looking for an easy-care, fragrant, and beautiful ground cover for your shady spots,
Sweet Woodruff is my favorite. A friend divided some of her Sweet Woodruff and shared them with me . She told me it was perfect at the base of a tree where nothing seems to grow. I used to plant impatiens in those spots but the deer have convinced me to find something else. Besides, Sweet Woodruff is a perennial and it spreads quickly. It also completely covers an area and keeps down the weeds too. And, I just found out that it keeps pests away from roses and peonies.
At first I planted it around tree bases. Then I discovered that I loved mixing it in with the rocks and flowers in my garden too.
It's so easy to divide. I can't believe that all these plants came from several small ones.
They really keep down the weeds around my ferns, nandina, lamb's ear and hosta.
What do you plant in your barren shady spots?
You can purchase the plants but I always like to share with a friend.
If you live nearby, come visit and I'll be happy to divide my Sweet Woodruff for your shade garden.
To see more of my garden in an updated post go here.
If you're looking for more ground cover information, go here. Ground cover in your plantings is the perfect way to keep down the weed population.
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