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Carpeting Plants
Pachysandra terminalisFor steep banks, shady places under trees, Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra terminalis), has turned many an eyesore into a thing of beauty. It is six inches tall, about the easiest grown evergreen, enduring shade and drought, and does equally well in sunshine. It has succeeded where other plants fail. Its cuttings root easily and planted in ground properly manured it spreads quickly if the tops are pinched back occasionally. Used as a border for walks, it is easily kept within bounds. Try it where everything else has failed.

Periwinkle, also called running myrtle (Vinca minor) is another evergreen making excellent ground cover. Grows in shade, is vigorous in habit and has lilac-blue flowers in early summer. The new Bowles variety is superior to the type, with stronger foliage and more profuse flowers of deeper blue. There are also white flowering varieties.

An annual vine, Kenilworth Ivy (Cymbalaria muralis), is a good climber and ground cover for shady places. It self-grows quite readily.

Matrimony Vine is often recommended. This writer has found it a rampant nuisance. Once planted it is almost impossible to get rid of it. Weeded out, it comes back among the better plants. It grows two to three feet tall and is not particularly pleasing. Once established on washing banks, it has its use in covering. Grow it alone and for this purpose only.

Hall`s Evergreen Honeysuckle makes excellent ground cover on banks. Sheared each spring it lies flat and will not bloom. It holds its foliage almost all winter. If not controlled it becomes a nuisance, growing over and strangling shrubs and trees.
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