Having the outdoor area ideal for entertaining, enjoying some fresh air while reading a book, or having meals is something that’s part of the Aussie genes – we have a special connection with nature and love staying close to it. However, that means there’s also the gardening bit that not everyone is capable of handling well; we don’t all have the green thumbs for the job.
As luck would have it, though, there are the ideal plants that would turn everyone into a successful gardener – yes, I’m talking about low maintenance plants. Wanting to make the most of landscaping, and keeping a garden fresh year round, while having minimal of gardening work at that, one can’t overlook the evergreen ground cover.
What is meant by ground cover is the low growing vegetation in general, forming the lowest layer accompanying shrubs, and trees. The great thing about this sort of plants is the fact they spread, and they have a significant impact on erosion control, temperature, and moisture buffering, and amenity. Another impact is the prevention of weed establishing.
When you decide to implement an evergreen ground cover for your outdoor area, you’d be surprised by the diversity: from grass to vines, and herbs, the options are many. Shrubs and trees aren’t the only choices that you have in terms of planting the ground cover; there’s also the rock garden, sloping garden, in beds, borders, and even along paths.
Whether you’re up for some greenery with tones of purple, white, pink, silver, or cream, in the form of Ajuga reptans, the flowering Aptenia cordifolia, Carpobrotus glaucescens, and Evolvulus pilosus in blue, and white, the horizontal spreading of Variegated star jasmine, and Juniperus, or the dwarfish bamboo, it’s up to your taste, and where you intend to create the ground cover.
The addition of evergreens as the ground cover in your outdoor space is more than welcome, considering they last no matter the season, so in a way they help with increasing the home’s value, making it more welcoming. As mentioned, they can be used along paths and borders, and this way they add a sense of intimacy.
Though they are low maintenance plants, they still require some care from time to time, in the form of pruning, and shaping, but it all comes down to the type of plant it is – not all require it. Once you’ve selected the suitable plants for your outdoors, sit back and enjoy the greenery view.