Two Easy Ground Covers You Can Grow (2 videos)

Simplify your life and cut down on weeding by planting a fast-growing ground cover. These two videos show and tell you about two of them: hostas for shade (on page 1) and vinca for sun or shade (on page 2).

Hostas are Easy

Patti Moreno, the Garden Girl, gives you tips on easy-to-grow hostas. They are a wonderful herbaceous perennial that grows well in shady or partly shady areas.

Patti shows you the different type leaves, and tells you how to plant them, how to water them, and how easy it is to multiply them by dividing them in early spring or late summer.

If you have a sunnier space, check out the video on vinca on page 2.

Photo credit: Madaise

Vinca Will Do it All

Sun or shade, vinca will grow handsomely, spreading up to ten feet, not needing watering after the first few months, and choking out 80 to 90 percent of the weeds.

Sounds perfect? Watch out, vinca can also take over and march up the side of your house.

Get the story here.

Photo credit: L. Marie


Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Great idea:Hostas can't survive the hot summers in my city,but if I can find vincas I'll buy some.Thanks for sharing

Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo4 years ago

Thank you for the great idea!

Karen Howard
Karen H4 years ago

The best thing to do is do an internet search for "alternative to grass in (name your state)" or "grass substitute in (name your state)" or "ground cover for (name your state)". That way you'll be getting what's native, what looks nice, what's easy to care for, and what's not going to kill your neighbor's yard or cause other problems.

Patty G.
Patty G7 years ago

Good information and comments. Thank you.

Dennis Knight
Dennis Fulton7 years ago

Great information. Thank you, Both useful and practical.

charmaine c.
Charmaine C7 years ago

I have some hostas but the slugs around here devour them. Thanks very much for the useful videos Chris. If I ever did want to plant vincas, I'd have a first rate example of what to do right here on your blog! :o))

Chester Perry
Chester Perry7 years ago

I have no problem with hostas, but suggesting vinca is irresponsible. This is an invasive species and has no place in a conscientious garden. It is considered a significant threat in my state, and I have worked to eradicate it in parks and farms. It often requires herbicides to get rid of entirely. If you live in Kentucky may I suggest Gaultheria procumbens (wintergreen, checkerberry), or any of our many native grasses and sedges.

Shraddha J.
Shraddha J7 years ago


Ann Eastman
Ann Eastman7 years ago

Native plants are great but be sure to purchase only nursery propagated stock. This can get quite expensive. I believe the most important things are to avoid wild-collected natives, invasive "exotics", and in general plants not suited to your climate/growing conditions. I do grow hostas in addition to native ferns and gingers- the shade and cover they provide is greatly relished by snakes, chipmunks, and toads and the blossoms are visited by hummingbirds and all manner of bees.

Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan7 years ago

Thanks for the post.