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Easy care with ground covers

leptinella
leptinella

BY DEBBIE OLDFIELD -
ALTER-NATIVES NURSERY & LANDSCAPE

All throughout the garden, weeds can be a problem. Ground cover plants are a good solution for this. Ground covers normally grow quickly and create thick foliage that stops the light from getting through to other more problematic plants (weeds!). They can also be a way to add a different colour or texture to your garden without having to remove those bigger plants you have worked so hard to keep looking their best.

Ground covers are also a way to fill in the gap between those specimen plants, forming a thick mat with colourful foliage or flowers and you will have very little weeding to do on your time off. They are also a good option for those sloping banks where access is a problem for weeding or mowing.

There are many different ground covers to suit your style. From low creeping plants such as Leptinellas with their lovely miniature fern like foliage, to something slightly higher such as Coprosma ‘Red Rocks’ with its brownie-red divaricating foliage. Perhaps you live on the coast and you want something to grow and spread in that sandy soil, Muehlenbeckia complexa or axillaris , Coprosma ‘Poor Knights’ or Sand coprosma would be just the ticket.

In short, ground covers are a wonderful addition to your garden or difficult bank. Come in and see our range of ground covers, you might be pleasantly surprised at what you could fit in.

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