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G6911, Reviewed April 2002

Gardening in the Shade

Groundcovers and vines

Since few turf grasses are well adapted to shady conditions, groundcovers are often an excellent alternative to turf in the shade (Table 4). Rather than struggling to keep grass alive in these problem areas, choose from among the following groundcovers that do best with some protection from full sun. Some may be used either as a groundcover or a shade-tolerant vine.

Ajuga, Carpetweed, Bugleweed (Arjuga reptans)

Bethlehem sage, Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata)

Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata)

Common periwinkle (Vinca minor)

English ivy (Hedera helix)

Epimedium, Barrenwort (Epimedium )sp

Hosta, Plantain lily (Hosta sp)

Japanese spurge (Pachysandra terminalis)

Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria majalis)

Lilyturf (Liriope spicata)

Mock strawberry (Duchesnea indica)

Plumbago, Leadwort (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)

Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum)

Virginia creeper, Woodbine (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei)

Yellow archangel, Dead nettle (Lamiastrum galeobdolon)

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