When selecting plants ground cover, it is wise to consider those that are best for the particular climate you live in and the amount of available sunlight, for each planting location. You want to select those types of foliage that not only look appropriate for the surroundings, but will be attractive in all types of weather in your area, if possible.
Options for little sunlight
Many people choose ivy varieties for places that do not get much sunlight. Keep in mind that as seasons change, vine type foliage may get more sun exposure, as light shifts. In addition, those times before trees get all their leaves in the spring and just after they fall in Autumn will expose vines to additional sunlight.
Vines are typically very hearty though. Many gardeners will have to work to keep them from creeping into spaces where they are not wanted or from overtaking a window frame on the house. They can do damage if not trimmed back promptly.
Choices for partial sun
For partially sunny areas, various versions of Hostas make good ornamental choices. They flower in the spring and summer and provide a nice contrasting white and light green long leaf, which can add some depth and character to beds. They will also work well beside different ornamental shrubs and some flowers, such as tulips and daffodils.
Options in full sun
While it may seem more challenging to find foliage for areas of full sun exposure, there are many kinds of ornamental grasses that will look good year round. Many will actually change colors slightly, from one season to the next. This makes them idea for dry, sunny areas that go through drastic weather changes from one season to the next.
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