Relaible, Non-Invasive Ground Covers

One thing’s for sure: It is better to stay with one ground cover throughout a landscape than to plant many different types in a hodgepodge manner. Ground cover is really supposed to serve as a ...

Freeway Daisies

For years, the dazzling white, trailing African daisy was a staple of highway landscaping, so much so that it earned the sobriquet “freeway daisy.” The plant proved astonishingly tough, a...

Spider Plants & Other Invasives

I remember the first time I saw a spider plant. It was hanging in a basket from the ceiling of a sun-splashed living room. I examined it with mouth agape, astonished at the numerous baby plantlets th...

Dwarf Pink Yarrow as Lawn Substitute

Q: We have Marathon tall fescue grass in our rear yard that has never done well, possibly due to two Dobermans. However, they are much calmer now that they are older and won’t be around forever...

Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’

It used to be that winter was the season when you received seed and plant catalogs in the mail. You could sit by the window and watch the rain (or snow in colder climates) while leisurely leafing thr...

Sedum confusum: Dreamy Ground Cover

Sedum confusum is the ground cover of my dreams, and might be of yours. Sedum confusum doesn’t have a common name, and is appropriately possessed of uncommon qualities. Unlike ivy, gazania and ...

Bacopa

Bacopa (buh-KOH-puh) answers the dilemma of gardeners in search of long-blooming plants for balcony containers and hanging baskets. It also does a magnificent job spilling out of planter boxes and tr...

A Brief History of Ground Cover

Much like clothes or furniture or hairstyles, gardens and landscapes change with the times. Many of the plants you see around you today are not the same ones your grandparents knew. Thanks to plant b...

Wiley Coyote Brush

Before people started to consciously landscape with California native plants, there was coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis). During those long years of drought in the late ’80s and early ’...