Creeping Myrtle is an evergreen ground cover. Unlike other perennial ground covers, this plant blooms with brilliant color during the early spring and often through the summer. The plant does best in zones four through nine.
For best growth, plant in a fertile area with a PH level of six to eight. Water frequently for a week, and then sit back and watch it grow. You can plant the plugs in deep shade or partial shade. The plant also does well in bright sunshine, but when planting in heavy sunlight in zones eight or nine, the plant tends to bleach out, robbing you of the added color you are seeking.
The ground cover reaches a height of six inches and spreads by sending out runners as far as 18 inches that root where nodes touch the ground. The extended rooting process is quick and makes for a fast ground cover with lush results.
The leaves of the Creeping Myrtle are a lustrous dark green that are veined with white.
The favorite flower is blue-purple in a five pinwheel-like design that is an inch in diameter. There are varieties with different colored blooms—anywhere from white to red-lavender.
The plant is ideal for landscaping under evergreen trees where grass has difficulty in growing. It spreads quickly and takes over an area to reduce weeds while adding an elegant texture and color. To stimulate new growth within the confines of the area where it is planted, run your lawnmower over the top at its highest setting during the first spring mowing. By doing so, you stimulate the plant to add extra growth and blooms that add texture to an already lush format.
To keep the plant contained in the desired area, merely mow around the area once per week during the growing season. Then trim to create a crisp border between the lush ground cover and the sun-drenched lawn.
Vinca Minor is a fast growing ground-cover. This plant usually reaches an average of about 6 inches. This low maintenance groundcover puts on small attractive flowers in the Spring.
Creeping Myrtle are fast growing ground covers.
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