It’s the beginning of Winter and the landscape has some terrible bare spots. Winter in East Tennessee can be wet and muddy. Even large beds that are freshly mulched can look drab without some evergreen foliage. Here are several perennial plants that can be added as winter groundcover for color, texture and will help control soil erosion.
For The Shade
For shade areas use Pachysandra, Vinca (Periwinkle), Dwarf Mondo Grass or Monkey Grass (Liriope).
- Pachysandra stands 6″-8″ tall and has glossy leaves. Planted in mass, it looks very clean and neat all year long. Due to its heighth, it is not a good plant for areas that receive foot traffic (human or four legged friends).
- Periwinkle (Vinca) grows low to the ground and has a vining effect, so it is also not good for foot traffic. Perwinkle has small green leaves along the rooting stem. It has beautiful periwinkle blue flowers in the Spring. It also looks good all year with little or no maintenance.
- Monkey Grass (Liriope) is a commonly used grass-like plant that spreads rapidly and grows 10-12″ tall. It will grow anywhere, but can be invasive and difficult to control sometimes. It also benefits from a trimming in February to remove Winter foliage. You can trim with a lawn mower or weed eater, as long as it’s done before the new growth emerges.
- Dwarf Mondo Grass is a nice tight, low growing grass-like plant that will fill in like a turf grass without needing the constant maintenance of a lawn. It also looks great all year long.