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Posted: Sep/09/2009 10:22 AM PST
I just did a major overhaul on the house I bought this summer. Pulled out over 900 gallons of landscaping rocks. There are still plenty of rocks embedded in the soil, as they were laid down years ago.
I would like to start digging in a couple weeks, and get my bulbs in (crocus, iris, tulips and hastas). However, I have one very large area that I do not want to mulch. I would like to put down a nice groundcover plant to give the area a nice green canvas that all my white flowers will pop out of.
So my question is this: What will be a nice, green groundcover that does well in Indiana? The area is partly sunny, but probably mostly shaded. I like the idea of periwinkle because the leaves are so dark, but I don't want the blue flowers that come with it. Also, hopefully something that doesn't mind the remaining rocks too much. Any help?
Oh, and can I plant it now, or do I need to wait for spring.
Sorry for all the questions. I'm a newbie at gardening, and this is my first post.
Location: Upstate New York
Posted: Sep/09/2009 1:42 PM PST
Pachysandra is flowerless I think, but may be tall for some of the shorter bulbs - they could get lost. I don't know if they would establish enough now - they might, but if you don't want to waste money, I'd wait until spring (unless you are very south in Indiana - what zone are you in?).
I was just at a local garden center scouting out 50% off plants and saw a very low-growing ground cover that had leathery oval leaves - they might flower at some point in the year - but it was unfamiliar to me and I can't for the life of me remember what it was called. If I stop back there I'll look again - the label said it liked it in poor dry areas, so I doubt it would mind the rocks.
Hope that helps, or that someone else comes along with good ideas.