Ivydene Gardens Plants:
Groundcover Plant
Name - XYZ

The plants normally selected by most landscapers and designers are by nature low-growing, rampant, spreading, creep-crawly things and yet the concept of ground cover demands no such thing. The ideal description of a groundcover plant includes:-

  • a bold dense mass of leaves completely covering the ground most of the year; evergreens gain gold stars.
  • They should require little or no maintenance - if you have to give the plant more than its share of attention, you might as well save your money and spend the time weeding.
  • use the plant on ground areas that are difficult to maintain, such as steep banks or boggy patches.
  • use the plant to cover areas where not much will grow, such as deep shade or sandy soils.

Ground Cover a thousand beautiful plants for difficult places by John Cushnie (ISBN 1 85626 326 6) provides details of plants that fulfill the above requirements.

Using these groundcover plants in your planting scheme (either between your trees/shrubs in the border or for the whole border) will - with mulching your beds to a 4 inch depth and an irrigation system - provide you with a planted garden with far less time required for border maintainance.

Plant Name

with link to page with photos and mail-order nursery in Comments Row

Type

with link to mail-order nursery in UK

Height x Spread in inches (cms)

Foliage

with link to mail-order nursery in USA

Flower Colour in Month(s)

Comments

Xanthorhiza simplicissima

Deciduous Shrub 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

24 x 60 (60 x 150)

Bronze then Light Green in Summer, Red-Purple in Autumn

Brown-Purple in
April-June

"Yellowroot".

Yucca flaccida

Evergreen Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

22 x 60 (55 x 150)

Dark
Blue-Green

White in
August-September

 

Yucca flaccida
'Golden Sword'

Evergreen Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

22 x 60 (55 x 150)

Dark Blue-Green margined-Yellow

White in
August-September

 

Yucca flaccida
'Ivory'

Evergreen Shrub 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

24 x 30 (60 x 75)

Dark
Blue-Green

Green-tinged Creamy-White in
August-September

Zantedeschia aethiopica

Evergreen Rhizome Perennial 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

36 x 24 (90 x 60)

Glossy Bright Green

Pure White Spathes in June-August

"Arum Lily".

Zantedeschia aethiopica
'Little Gem'

Evergreen Rhizome Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

18 x 24 (45 x 60)

Glossy Bright Green

Pure White Spathes in June-August

 

In this economic climate of 2006-2013, I can fully understand why mail-order nurseries throughout the world are unwilling to receive free advertising of their plants through the sharing of photos and growing details for the home-owner, but being an idiot:-

I am requesting the donation of the use of the following colour photos and cultivation details of plants from nurseries, botanical gardens, garden societies, or gardening enthusiasts from anywhere in the world for display in this website:-

  • Flower - to show the shape and colour of the whole flower.
  • Foliage - to show the shape of the leaf and its colour. If its colour changes in the year, then a picture of each changed colour.
  • Form - to show the natural shape/growth habit of the whole plant. If the plant is deciduous, then one with foliage and one without.
  • Fruit - to show the shape and colour of the whole fruit/nut/seed produced after it has flowered.
  • Water Bed - to show the overall effect of a group of plants together, preferably with the names of each of the plants displayed.

Each main photograph will be displayed in a 150 x 150 pixels graphic item. Each thumbnail photograph will be displayed in 50 x 50 pixels graphic item. Freeway allocates 72 pixels per inch. The photographs require to be in JPEG Format and send to Chris Garnons-Williams at 1 Eastmoor Farm Cottages, Moor Street, Rainham, Kent, ME8 8QE England.

Please give the Latin name of the plant and your contact details (It would be preferable that it is either your website or email address rather than your phone number). These will then appear with the relevant photograph. If you happen to be a Nursery, then this link could provide a means for people getting that plant.

The Plant List contains a working list of plants of the world. The species included are grouped into 16167 genera, 620 families and 4 major groups. The Rosaceae Family has Genera Rosaceae in it. The Plant List includes 723 scientific plant names of species rank for the genus Rosa. My Rose Photo Gallery details 353 Roses and where to get them. There are more than 13,000 cultivars of roses currently for sale in the world - I can accomodate all of them if I get the photos and their English descriptions. It could take a little time to include those and any other plants, but without data I cannot educate the public who can understand English.

The following has as much relevance to chemistry as the actions currently carried out about climate change by the UK government:-

 

HELL EXPLAINED BY A CHEMISTRY STUDENT

The following is an actual question given on a Washington State University (in USA) chemistry mid-term exam paper. The "answer" by one student was so "profound" that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet:-

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Student's answer:

First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Most of those religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions, and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell, because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.

This gives 2 possibilities:

 

1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.
2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So, which is it? If we accept the postulate, given to me by Teresa during my Freshman Year, that, "It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you", and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number 2 must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct....... leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being; which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting "Oh my God".

THIS STUDENT RECEIVED THE ONLY "A"

.

 

We must congratulate the UK government for either leaving us with the same winters as Canada when the Gulf Stream stops flowing or having large areas of the country flooded by the increase in the sea level from the ice on the North and South Poles melting, by 2026; especially since Britain will require 1,300 new airliners over the next 20 years to cater for the growth of passengers from Britain of 229 million in 2005 to 500 million by 2021 (according to The Times on 23rd November 2006).

Environmental cost of this increase is:-

  • At present, the average fuel consumption per passenger of an aircraft is 5 litres per 100 kilometres.
  • A mature beech (Fagus sylvatica) tree produces the same amount of oxygen for this consumption per 100 kilometres.
  • Assuming that the average flight distance per passenger of an aircraft is 500 kilometres, then for the increase of 229 million to 500 million passengers by 2021, we will need 1,355 million extra mature beech trees.
  • Assuming that beech trees with a mature height of 25 metres and width of 15 would be planted 25 metres apart, then 4,144 trees could be planted per square mile.
  • This means that we would only require 326,979 square miles of trees or an area of 572 miles by 572 miles.

 

Unfortunately, Britain is not big enough!!

!

 

Height in inches (cms):-

25.4mm = 1 inch
304.8mm = 12 inches
12 inches = 1 foot
3 feet = 1 yard
914.4mm = 1 yard

I normally round this to
25mm = 1 inch
300mm = 30 cms = 12 inches =1 foot,
900 mm = 3 feet = 1 yard and
1000mm = 100 cms = 1 metre = 40 inches

Site design and content copyright ©December 2006. Page structure changed September 2012. Height x Spread in feet changed to Height x Spread in inches (cms) June 2015. Chris Garnons-Williams.

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Plant Name - A
Plant Name - B
Plant Name - C
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Plant Name - E
Plant Name - F
Plant Name - G
Plant Name - H
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Plant Name - J
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To locate mail-order nursery for plants from the UK in this gallery try using search in RHS Find a Plant.

To locate plants in the European Union (EU) try using Search Term in Gardens4You and Meilland Richardier in France.

To locate mail-order nursery for plants from America in this gallery try using search in Plant Lust.

To locate plant information in Australia try using Plant Finder in Gardening Australia.

There are other pages on Plants which bloom in each month of the year in this website:-