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Old 03-19-2017, 11:33 AM
 
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My back yard is totally shaded (okay, there is some dappled sunlight). I want a ground cover to prevent mud. I donít care if itís weeds. Some wild strawberries and stuff similar to clovers are growing, but not spreading. I could let my English ivy move in, but itís too tall for the dogs.
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Old 03-19-2017, 11:48 AM
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Location: Home in TN:)
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My FIL has pachysandra growing in his large shaded area. It spreads nicely and doesn't get very tall.




Pachysandra
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Old 03-19-2017, 11:50 AM
 
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Thanks, but too tall. Or, I will mow it like I do with the stuff there now, but it looks like that would ruin it.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Somewhere, out there in Zone7B
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Ajuga? There are some very pretty ones out there. The ones I have definitely "hug" the ground for the most part.


Dwarf Mondo Grass would be my choice if the conditions are right.






https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/spe...-for-shade.htm
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Love the pachysandra picture, I have it along my fence in the backyard. I like it and plan to move some, plant more this year. I like it because it stays green, while I'm waiting for other plants to show up, helps me feel like Spring!
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:05 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I think liriope would fill in nicely, but it, too, is as tall as pachysandra.
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Old 03-22-2017, 09:06 AM
 
Location: WA
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I use Vinca minor (periwinkle) in some shaded areas. It doesn't flower in the shade but spreads OK.
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