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Old 11-06-2009, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Between Belmont & Cramerton, North Carolina
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Could anyone recommend a groundcover that fulfills the following requirements:
- Can stand the NC heat, full sun
- Inexpensive since the area we need to cover is large
- Rapid growth for the same reason
- Does well on steep slopes (45°)
... and that doesn't need to be mowed.

Thanks so much

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Old 11-06-2009, 05:55 PM
 
Location: East Bay
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Bermuda grass. It's immune to heat and invasive in its growth. Turns dormant (brown) in the winter but it greens back up in the spring.
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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Originally Posted by cgballer View Post
Could anyone recommend a groundcover that fulfills the following requirements:
- Can stand the NC heat, full sun
- Inexpensive since the area we need to cover is large
- Rapid growth for the same reason
- Does well on steep slopes (45°)
... and that doesn't need to be mowed.

Thanks so much
I'm trying some Rhus Aromatica "Gro-Low" Sumac ... here is the info from the catalog:

3’ x 8’ wide, (cutting propagated). ‘Gro-Low’ is perfect as a woody groundcover for covering flat and sloping areas. In late spring “Gro-Low” is covered with profuse tiny yellow flowers. The summer foliage is shiny and dark green and turns orange, red and burgundy in fall. Grows readily in all types of soil including clay.

Fast growth rate! Excellent when used for coarse bank cover or ground cover for poor dry soils!


It is xeric, happy with full and afternoon sun. I bought it in sale from High Country Gardens, just putting it in now. It is dormant so it doesn't look like much right now.

You could also look at Hardy Plumbago.
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Old 11-07-2009, 07:15 AM
 
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Weeping love grass. The only problem with that is that it's a summer grass and won't germinate or grow in the winter... you'd have to wait until summer to plant it.

Rhus is an ok plant too, but keep in mind that it will get significantly taller than just 'groundcover'... like 6' or more, and it could get expensive if you're covering a large area. Love grass will maintain a very uniform appearance and never needs mowing. Plus it can be applied like grass seed which starts bringing the 'installation' cost down significantly as opposed to planting dozens of containerized plants, which as far as I know is the only way to get Sumac.
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Old 11-07-2009, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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Weeping love grass. The only problem with that is that it's a summer grass and won't germinate or grow in the winter... you'd have to wait until summer to plant it.

Rhus is an ok plant too, but keep in mind that it will get significantly taller than just 'groundcover'... like 6' or more, and it could get expensive if you're covering a large area. Love grass will maintain a very uniform appearance and never needs mowing. Plus it can be applied like grass seed which starts bringing the 'installation' cost down significantly as opposed to planting dozens of containerized plants, which as far as I know is the only way to get Sumac.
The particular Rhus I use is named Gro-Low and it does indeed grow low, and wide. It gets to 3 feet high at the most, with a spread to 6 to 8 feet. It has year round interest, gorgeous fall colors, and grows very quickly. It loves clay soil.

What could be really pretty is Weeping Love Grass in "front", since it gets to 1 to 2 feet, and then something like the Rhus Aromatica towards the back, or interspersed. I like to use a combination of ground covers for interest.

I might try the Weeping Love Grass myself, this spring! Thanks!
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Old 11-07-2009, 07:46 AM
 
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Yeah, I haven't had any experience with the "gro-low" varietal, so I kinda glossed that over... sorry! But I was thinking similarly to you... Weeping love grass for the lion's share of the groundcover and then some interest/edging/elevation plantings of rhus or plumbago or other plants that like well-drained full sun.
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Old 11-07-2009, 04:12 PM
 
Location: location, location!
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How about, um, kudzu?
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