|1. Vinca minor - Evergreen Ground Cover. Excellent for adding texture, sheen and coverage. Can be invasive if left un-manicured.|
|In May, dainty star-shaped, blue flowers emerge with new foliage.|
|Vinca minor "Illumination" - variegation is quite vibrant, but slow to grow.|
|2. Ligularia stenocephala "The Rocket" - great for moist soil conditions. This plant needs adequate spacing as well, but there are dwarfer, more compact varieties of Ligularias...|
|....such as: Ligularia dentata "Osiris Fantaisie" - bronze foliage in spring and early summer, paling to green. Lovely yellow daisy flowers in late August. If you have slug problems, this is slug bate (as you can see).|
|I do like its contrasting foliage in spring and the daisy flowers. They help bring colour continuity to the garden by flowering along side my Rudbeckia.|
|3. Heuchera villosa "Caramel" - So many choices of Heuchera are out there. I love this "Caramel" variety of Coral Bells for its contrasting colour and red leaf undersides. Stands out from a distance. White pinnacle flowers in July.|
|Shades from brown, to red, to plain green - there is a Heuchera or Heucherella for any garden. Here, bronze foliage, with burgundy pinnacle flowers make a great selection against lime green and blue hostas. So many cultivars to choose from.|
|5. Euonymus fortunei "Emerald Gaiety" Whether you grow this as a shrub or climber, it tolerates a lot of shade. Here, I am training it as a vine. Again, many cultivars are available in shades of green and gold variegation - all evergreen.|
|Growing along a trellis....|
|...or used as ground cover. This cultivar is called, Coloratus Winter Creeper. Purple/Bronze winter foliage.|
|6. Ajuga repens "Chocolate" Great ground cover with blue flowers in Spring. Several other cultivars available too!|
Still more to follow.
Here are the other three posts prior to this one: Part One, Part Two and Part Three.