Groundcover

Asked March 18, 2019, 9:50 PM EDT

I would like a groundcover under 6 inches high to grow in mostly shade in Michigan. What do you suggest? Color would be a bonus! Thanks!

Wayne County Michigan groundcovers for shade

1 Response

Hello,

Here are some lists that will help you. Note that some plants prefer moist shade as opposed to dry shade, and some may prefer soil high in organic matter. We recommend a soil test first, so you know what soil type you have and if it needs any amendments before you plant.

Coral bells, plumbago, sedum, foam flower, and astilbe are some that can give you color.

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/shady_lawn_alternatives

https://extension.psu.edu/shade-tolerant-trees-shrubs-and-groundcovers

http://www.hort.cornell.edu/uhi/outreach/pdfs/dwgc.pdf

https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/soil_test_kit_self-mailer

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