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Vines and Groundcovers
By Featured Instructor on Feb 6, 2012
Vines bring a sense of enchantment to a garden. When you have planted every square inch of ground in your garden but still want to plant more, vines will help you maximize the vertical space in the garden. Vines can be used to create a living screen that helps break wind, absorb sound and provide privacy and enclosure. An arbor or pergola covered in vine creates shade for relaxation, entertaining and growing shade-loving plants. Vines can also be useful when used as a groundcover in certain situations and can help control erosion on slopes.
Groundcovers are the answer when you want to fill a space with plants rather than mulch. They often can be considered a living mulch and work well in shrub borders and beneath trees to bring more interest to a garden. These plants provide erosion control on slopes, soften the look of hard surfaces in pathways and patios and in some instances offer a substitute to traditional turf.
If you have a garden that you wish to enchant, sign up today for Harriet’s Vines and Groundcover class here at the Gardens (Saturday, February 25; 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.). Learn to add interest to your garden walls and fences and knit your garden together.
Guest Blogger: Harriet McMillan
Harriett has been learning about and growing perennials for nearly 30 years. She draws on her experience as an avid home gardener and as an horticulture specialist at Echter’s Garden Center. Harriett has been associated with Denver Botanic Gardens as a volunteer and a teacher and was formerly Horticulture Information Specialist. She is a Certified Colorado Nursery Professional through the Colorado Nursery Association.