See this excellent article entitled “Top 10 groundcovers for Calgary” by professional gardener Kate Kennedy of Passionate Gardener.

As I continue my clean-up and preparations for the end of May 2014 plantings, I take note of so many areas in the garden where I want to continue expanding the use of ground covers. With a property beside an empty lot full of healthy dandelions throughout the growing season, I spent way too much time digging dandelions especially along the lane ways outside the fence and it lawn patches. It was my least favourite thing to do. I could not find a way to use the bags of dandelions in the compost. I even tried drowning them for an extended period of time. It became an ugly mess and they were still alive and very green. So I have tried to use geotextile and mulch in areas with traffic and to increase ground cover every year.

Kate lists her favourites in this order. 1: Creeping thyme 2: Ajuga reptans, 3: Golden Creeping Jenny, 4: Dianthus (Dianthus ‘Flashing Lights’), 5: Lamium species, 6: Sedum species: Sedum spurium ‘Fuldaglut’ (Dragon’s Blood Sedum) 7: Scotch Moss/Irish Moss (Sagina subulata), 8: Sweet woodruff: (Gallium odoratum), 9: Kinnikinick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), 10. Moss Phlox (Phlox subulata).

My favourites include Creeping veronica, snow-in-summer, a mystery plant with white May blossoms and shiny dense leaves, sedums like Sedum spurium ‘Fuldaglut’ (Dragon’s Blood Sedum), but others too whose names I confuse, wild strawberry and verbena (an annual). I love lamium dead nettle but it really takes over. I have great fondness for Kinnikinick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) with its four seasons appeal, but it grows slowly. Moss Phlox (Phlox subulata) thrives in some places and can take over but not in others. I added Golden Creeping Jenny last fall.

References

Kennedy, Kate. “Top 10 groundcovers for CalgaryPassionate Gardener
, operating for over five years in Calgary. Kate is a 4th generation gardener whose business aims to”create a lush and thriving, textured and colourful garden, with carefully chosen perennials, trees and shrubs that create beauty, color and scent from early spring to late fall.”

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