Episode 44: Nice Floor Covers

There isn’t a lot an incredible floor cowl can’t do. It will possibly crowd out weeds, cease erosion, fill within the gaps between bigger perennials, and even soften the perimeters of partitions and curbs. Nonetheless, not all floor covers are created equal. The most effective ones require little care, look nice in a number of seasons, and mass out shortly. Steve and Danielle focus on a few of their favourite candidates for this laundry listing of aims on this LAAP episode. Their suggestions embody perennials and shrubs that match the invoice. Horticulturist Joann Vieira weighs in with a number of floor cowl choices that she has used up to now at botanic gardens and personal gardens alike. This episode begins off with Danielle *lastly* gifting Steve with just a few vegetation that he’s been wanting for years. Hear now to seek out out which of them.


Skilled testimony: Joann Vieira, is the director of horticulture for the Trustees of Reservations in Massachusetts. 



Bearberry is a Northeast native that thrives in sandy soils. It appears loads like a creeping blueberry when its small, white, bell-shaped blooms present up in midspring.



The plant that impressed this episode, ‘Gro-Low’ aromatic sumac thrives in punishing situations, like this parking zone circle of an industrial constructing. The autumn coloration present it places on is an added bonus.


Though Steve’s ‘Himalayan Border Jewel’ fleece flower doesn’t bloom reliably, in areas with an extended season, like this Seattle backyard, it flowers like loopy. Even with out blossoms, it’s a handsome plant.


Sunsparkler® Plum Dazzled sedum is a more moderen number of low-growing sedum and does finest in lean soils with sharp drainage. The purple-blue coloration of the foliage holds all through the summer season. Its flowers are a favourite late season (late summer season/early fall) of pollinators.


Steve brings up ‘Karmina’ hardy geranium in virtually each episode—however for good motive. It’s a troublesome, low-growing perennial that appears to all the time look engaging.




‘Gro-Low’ aromatic sumac (Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-Low’, Zones Three-9)

Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Zones 2-6)

European wild ginger (Asarum europaeum, Zones Four-7)

Sunsparkler® Plum Dazzled sedum (Sedum ‘Plum Dazzled’, Zones Four-9)

‘Tom Thumb’ cotoneaster (Cotoneaster apiculatus ‘Tom Thumb’, Zones 5–7)

‘White Nancy’ lamium (Lamium maculatum ‘White Nancy’, Zones Three-Eight)



‘Himalayan Border Jewel’ fleece flower (Persicaria affinis ‘Himalayan Border Jewel’, Zones Four-9)

‘Karmina’ hardy geranium (Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Karmina’, Zones 5-Eight)

Blue star creeper (Isotoma fluviatilis, Zones 6-9)

Silver carpet (Dymondia margaretae, Zones 9-11)


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