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In Northern California, Calla lilies grow and spread like crazy. I love them, but they're so lush that when they go dormant the soil looks pretty barren. Has anyone had luck with a ground cover or low bush that can survive while the lilies are rampant and still look good once they've stopped? (I'm looking for something permanent, rather than putting something in every year).
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In Northern California, Calla lilies grow and spread like crazy. I love them, but they're so lush that when they go dormant the soil looks pretty barren. Has anyone had luck with a ground cover or low bush that can survive while the lilies are rampant and still look good once they've stopped? (I'm looking for something permanent, rather than putting something in every year).
How about a low-growing evergreen fern?

How about Oxalis oregana? Oxalis oregana Evergreen Form | Wholesale Nursery Supplies & Plant growers in Oregon | Nursery Guide

My very favorite ground cover, Galium odoratum, is evergreen in zone 8, but will die back in the winter in colder areas. Some people think it's too invasive in zone 8, but I like it's enthusiasm. http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalo...weet-woodruff/

Other possibilities that come to mind are Asarum caudatum https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pl...caudatum.shtml and evergreen violets.

Thinning your calla clumps out a bit every year after they bloom would help a ground cover compete. Because callas are very aggressive about occupying the territory and crowding other plants out.

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assuming you mean the common calla (zantdeschciha aethiopica) with WHITE flowers which is normally evergreen to semi-evergreen----especially if you give it water during the summer as it is native to wet and boggy areas. IF that's your plant then you might consider just giving it more summer water to keep it from going dormant along with an attractive mulch of pebbles/gravel or ground-up fir or redwood bark to help suppress weeds and keep the soil moist around the roots. if you still want plants then some of the ground covers "jacqueg" mentioned sound good---oxalis oregana ("redwood sorrel") and the native "wild ginger" asarum caudatum (there are other species as well). both of these species need some summer water especially if you are in a warm sunny spot or the sorrel especially may start looking rather shabby and shrunken.


OTOH, other callas like the colored flower ones with yellow, red, purple blooms DO naturally go dormant and something to occupy their space during dormancy might be really needed.

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