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Fresh ideas for ground covers

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

If you're in Maine, you know about low bush blueberries. They are a great little plant and an excellent ground cover.

Plus, they're very cute.

People kind of get hung up on ground covers and they grow the common ones such as vincas and pachysandras. But there are a lot of different kinds of ground covers you can use in your garden and blueberries are one of them.

They like an acidic soil, and they may get a little woody over time. So what you do is cut the branches way back every few years so it regrows and stays productive. But once it's established, it grows great in a part shade area or even a sunny area.

If you want some unusual ground covers that are also natives, try the bear berry. It has nice red berries on it, and it grows well on a hillside. Again part shade is really nice for it and yes, I believe bears like the berries.

If you want some color in your landscape, there is the 'Lemon Coral' sedum. They are beautiful and look like early spring all summer long with their light green foliage. They really brighten up a dark area. 

If you want something really unusual, how about a  willow?

Salix repens pendulous is a creeping willow that acts like a ground cover,  but has willow leaves.

So you can expand your horizons with ground covers beyond the traditional choices to blueberries and willows.

By Charlie Nardozzi

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