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Innovative Uses for Ground Covers and Vines
Sunday, April 3
Ground covers and vines not only provide multiple functional benefits for your landscape, but they also add a unique aesthetic value to it. Barren patches of ground can be enveloped with ground cover, which brings a coat of greenery to the overall landscape. A variety of colors, textures, and heights, along with foliage and flowers of a ground cover bed enhances the visual beauty of any garden.
If your landscape is in an area where grasses typically do not thrive, you may get in touch with a good wholesale nursery company to check out specific ground covers that can grow in such conditions. Periwinkles and dead nettle, for instance, can prosper in shady areas under trees. In areas with steep banks where lawn mowing becomes a challenge, you can grow beautiful junipers or daylilies. These can grow densely enough to prevent soil erosion. In terms of appearance, some of them similar to vines because they grow both vertically and horizontally. Drab-looking tree trunks, old falls or fences can be blended into the green ambience of the area with vines.
Vines with resplendent flowers, foliage, or fruit add a touch of exquisite beauty to your landscape. An innovative way to use vines is to create sun shades on a porch with a string trellis over a vine cover. If you buy plants online, you can easily get string trellises from a good online plant nursery,Ground covers. You can hang them from the roof, while setting them in the south or west direction to block direct sunlight.
Perennial vines such as climbing hydrangea can be pinned against an empty wall. To start with, the hydrangea may shoot in any direction, so it is better to guide it in the desired direction at the outset. As it grows, the climbing hydrangea can scale the walls and tree trunks easily. Vines can also help to provide cover for any backyard fixtures that are spoiling the beauty of the garden. They can act as a screen against the garage to enhance the view, or make a hidden alcove for garbage bins, or cover a barren tree trunk. Old stumps can be turned into garden pillars and dead trees can be turned into a mass of greens.
Ground covers can also be used effectively to beautify your landscape. A good idea is to plant ground cover in the soil pockets between the roots of a tree. These pockets can be used to plant exotic and good-looking ground covers such as American or European gingers, golden star and epimedium. Ground covers that thrive in shady areas of your landscape include periwinkles, Virginia creepers, Boston Ivy, Lily of the Valley, Wintercreeper, wild ginger, dead nettle, and sweet woodruff.
Some ground covers such as periwinkle and pachysandra can be rooted simply by providing cover to the barren parts of the stem with soil, and supplying them with moisture. Some grounds covers such as the Wintercreeper can be difficult to root. In such cases, you can take out a piece of the bark from the base of the stem and treat the bare portion with rooting hormone before covering the stem with soil. Get in touch with a good online plant nursery,Ground covers to find the ground covers and vines suitable for your property.