Changing your outdoor carpet
If you are tired of the same old bark dust look in your garden, try changing the carpet! Fran from Stepables calls the surface of the planting bed a ‘carpet’. She showed us some ground covers that will really help the look of your garden beds and help bring out the colors and textures of your other garden plants.
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There are some questions you have to ask yourself before you get going. First, how much foot traffic does the area receive? Second, how much sun does it get? And third, what are the watering conditions?
With the answers to these 3 questions, you can pick out a groundcover that will survive and thrive in your garden. Fran showed us a bunch of different plants that will make your garden pop: White Star Creeper, ‘Elfin’ Thyme, Creeping Wire Vine, Blue Star Creeper, Leptinella ‘Platt’s Black, Leptinella ‘Verdigris Brass Buttons’, Bronze Dutch Clover, Veronica ‘Sunshine’, and Aceana purpurea.
Visit the Stepables web site for more idea, then find the product at one of our Portland Nursery locations.
(Original air date: 4/8/2008 on GardenTime TV. See the GardenTime web site for more videos and information about the show)