Good ground cover plants are always in demand – well they supposedly suppress weeds and they usually look a lot better than bare earth. So what do you do when they do a bit too well and start invading each other’s space? Do you try to control them or just let them fight it out between themselves?
The vinca here is easily controlled by giving it a good Autumn cut back, but the problem plant is the Houttuynia Cordata.
It has invaded the hebe Summer Frost. . . .
It has invaded the vinca . . .
. . . or is it the other way around?
And it has invaded the chamomile
As it spreads by underground roots it is not so easy to dig out without destroying the other plants too. Considering it also dies right back in the winter, should I just leave it to spread or attempt to control it? What do you think?
There are other plants too that are getting a bit invasive.
The ajuga has been getting a bit big for its boots since it finished flowering, but equally the chamomile doesn’t seem to want to stay between the paving stones either – the colours complement each other beautifully so I might leave these to co-exist.
Else where in the garden things are behaving a little better.
Round the side in my shady damp border the greenery is flourishing.
Here you can see the dogwood which has such wonderful red stems in winter and in front of it the monkshood which has now finished flowering, but still has lovely feathery foliage. At the other side of the path, in front of my pink rhododendron, you can see a silver eunymous and a white heather just coming into flower.
Behind the dogwood is a Fatsia Japonica, a lovely vibrant green berberis, a rather straggly forsythia, some hostas before they got shredded by snails and an inula.
And the other side of the Fatsia is a eunoymous – the one that should have black spotty flowers – and the obligatory Achimilla mollis.
Then in front of the monkshood is my little fern garden.
Here you can see the lovely dryopteris or Japanese shield fern, a holly fern, a brunnera Jack Frost and at the back some maidenhair fern which disappears totally every winter.
Foliage is an essential part of our gardens, great for ground cover and for those difficult places, as well as acting as a foil to show off all those lovely flowers. It really comes into its own though as summer fades to winter and the flowers disappear. Why not pop over to Christina’s blog to see what foliage other gardeners have in their garden.
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