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07-18-2018 12:56 PM
Hi, @Lilysmom - the groundcover is Parthenocissus quinquifolia (Virginia creeper). It is wild here; unfortunately many mistake if for poison ivy and it gets eradicated for not real reason, except to re-plant with invasives like ivy and vinca. I admit to some of those, too, but they were planted before I came so I just attempt to contain them.
The creeper climbs the trees, too, but I contain it to my height and I love the fall color and it's part in the native ecosystem.
The Arcostaphylos uvi-ursi (bearberry - sorry, couldn't help it,love that name!) is one I have not cultivated, though I find it finicky in the nursery in my hot humid climate with rocky clay.
07-18-2018 04:33 PM
@Sweetbay magnolia, some time, take a close up of the Virginia creeper and post for me.
The bearberry is a new ground cover for me recommended by a nurseryman at one of my favorite garden centres. I planted one and it is settling in nicely. Our soil is claylike and we have rocks galore so I get that! LM
07-18-2018 04:37 PM
Thanks everyone for your comments. Always informative and appreciated.
I agreed to host a garden tour in August at the request of a garden club in an adjacent community. I have never done this before and I think I will enjoy it. Hoping we get a nice day! LM
07-18-2018 09:04 PM
Virginia creeper vine is invasive in several states & is frequently mistaken for poison ivy! Only Va. creeper has 5 leaflets not 3.
Your photos look lovely Lilysmom.
My garden is chugging along & I am waiting for carpenters & electricians & gutter folks to leave eventually so I can replant my peonies, daffodil bulbs & add some variegated sedge to a 2’ X 28’ area along a paved path next to our new garage.
I will need the help of the lawn crew to prepare the soil as it’s been compacted by machinery & filled with bank run rocks & cement. That side of my yard also needs new sprinkler heads to water the lawn, which will also be replaced in the early fall.
07-19-2018 05:05 AM
@Sweetbay magnolia, so pretty. Looks like it would be a good weed blocker.
I am always afraid to try to try the vine like plants. I have a neighbor who planted English ivy and it took over her yard, tree trunks, rocks, everywhere.
I wonder if it loses leaves in Fall? LM
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