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Groundcover Plants: 7 Alternatives to Grass

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Showy Snowcrop

The Showy Snowcrop (Sedum spectabile) is also known as Autumn Joy and Live-Forever. It doesn’t naturally spread very quickly but will last for many years with only moderate water. You can also encourage wider growth by cutting and replanting summer stems. It grows to about two feet, so it probably isn’t ideal for an entire yard. In smaller areas, it adds beautiful fall color with late-blooming pink, red, or white flowers. The snowcrop does well in otherwise poor, sandy soil, and attracts butterflies and bees.

Hardy Yellow Iceplant

Iceplants are low-water groundcovers that spread quite quickly. The Hardy Yellow Iceplant (Delosperma Nubigenum) adds a unique look and color in the winter. It is also very drought-resistant. Small, succulent leaves (described as looking like jelly beans) turn from a deep green to a purplish red in colder months. In spring, hundreds of yellow flowers cover the plants, and blend in well with other spring flowers. The Hardy Yellow Iceplant isn’t tropical or child-friendly — it won’t survive heavy watering or foot traffic.

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12:21PM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Great ideas.Thanks for sharing

4:06PM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Thank you for the tips!

2:39PM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Thank you for these ideas Chaya...although the pictures of the plants are no longer there, so will have to look them up on the net.

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7:59AM PDT on May 8, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

12:47PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

great ideas, thank you!

6:20PM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

I will definitely use these ideas to build a grass-free alternative. Thanks!

8:53PM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

Very beautiful and colorful alternative to grass! Thanks for sharing!

1:07AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

great to know. thank you!

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