Fall planting

Asked August 27, 2019, 1:28 PM EDT

Hello- I want to plant some native groundcover in my backyard that’s quite shady and fairly dry. Something low maintenance. I am looking at Allegheny Spurge or a sedge. My question is, can I plant either of these now (end of August,) starting from small plants?

Baltimore County Maryland groundcovers plant selection dry shade

1 Response

You can plant now if you can find the plants. You will have to keep watered up until the ground freezes so the root systems can get established. Mulch lightly and keep away from the base of the plants. Alleghany spurge is very slow to grow and does not like dry soils. Some suggestions include Pa sedge, sedum ternatum, pussy toes, and Christmas ferns.
Here is our ground cover list for more information https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/groundcover-list
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/native-plants-shady-slopes

Marian