What are some good woodland ground covers?

gwtamaraJanuary 1, 2013

Posted by Lauren Z4 - 4: I'm looking for a good source for native northern ground covers for my shade garden. I'm particularly interested in bunchberry (cornus canadensis?) and asarum canadensis - wild ginger. I also have bleeding hearts, bloodroot, bellwort, purple foliage violets,

monkshood, etc. in the area.The canopy is oak and some airy pine. I moved in some trillium this fall along with some hepatica, birdfoot violet, and solomon's seal. Would bunchberry or ginger overwhelm? Would they be better off on a completely shaded sloped north side of house? Thanks!


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Alta 56N zone2: Bunchberry are native where I live. They seem to grow best in partial shade, acidic like yours should be with those trees, cool and moist but on higher ground.

Will they overwhelm? I certainly don't think so. Here they grow in company with twinflowers (linnaea), and wintergreen.

One does not overtake the other.

Frances Boninti: Yes wild ginger will take over. I'm overwhelmed with it and once it invades the space of another plant it wins. I lost trillium to it. be careful.

Dot - 7-OR: Cornus canadensis is compatible with all plants mentioned and in the Pacific Northwest grow extremely well together. I have also found them growing in open sunlight under summer drought condition in logged over ground. sheri zn 5 MI: I just saw a show that suggested a great companion plant for hosta and guess what it was? Yep, and it looked great he said it was a "well behaved" plant.

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