I'm looking for ideas for ground cover that will separate a walkway from the rest of the front yard. Full sun, moderately cold winters, moderately hot summers and not much rain. Edible a plus, but since I need so little of it, not a requirement. Needs to be taller and fuller than thyme, between 5" and 10" tall and not invasive. Any ideas?
What about Kinnikinnick / Bearberry? One of my favorite native plants here, berries are edible and attract birds. Evergreen and full sun ok, cold shouldn't be a problem, I know it grows in Alaska, and dry would be okay I would think.
This cover is to be the rapid transition between a rocked walkway, which is clay subsoil and what will be a food forest with good clay loam (after I sheet mulch it). Challenging enough yet? I can always use larger rocks, but I'd love to have a swath of color there.
i'm thinking VIOLA or violets. "heart's ease"" or one of the fancier colored ones.
it spreads nicely, is attractive, not invasive but very hardy/shade tolerant/easy to grow without fuss and makes a nice ground cover. the flowers are edible, though maybe not the best edible.
miners lettuce might be nice too, not as pretty but i think its cute enough, and edible.
Location: Madras OR 6A on the dry side of Cascadia, 2300 ft
Beth Tumbaco wrote:Those are not evergreen in my area. Since this will be the first thing visitors will see when they walk up the driveway or get out of the car, I want it to be attractive all year long.
ah well, just a thought. wild violets and viola are green here (zone 8 ) all year long and do ok even in the coldest weather.
and bloom for a long time, starting early (already in flower) and keep blooming till late in the year.
anywho, ice plant is crazy invasive. i dont say that about many plants, but it is extremely invasive, and not edible. i do kinda like them though, they have cool looking flowers.
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