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Updated: 06/27/2013 08:00:21AM

Groundcovers and plants for privacy screens

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Dwarf or creeping juniper is a good choice for slopes. There are many different cultivars available. It is very low maintenance, although occasionally bothered by mites or a bacterial blight.

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Jasmine is a fast-growing, twining vine and a favorite for its fragrant blooms. Its strong scent can sometimes be overpowering, and it also emits a sticky sap that may be a problem.

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Our favorite groundcover is mondo or monkey grass. It’s not a grass—but looks like grass on steroids. It’s a deep dark green year-round. It prefers a soil with plenty of organic matter. It is tolerant of drought, but can’t tolerate flooding.

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Coral Honeysuckle is a great native vine for covering fences or trellises. To promote new growth and blooms, shear it back to the woody stems in early spring and again in fall.

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Sunshine mimosa is a great groundcover for sunny or light shade areas. It will do best with supplemental water during dry spells, but it has a tough root system and can withstand drought.

By Karen Smoke

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Two questions we are frequently asked are what are some good groundcovers for our area, and what plants make good privacy screens?

Groundcovers are ideal for areas where you don’t want taller plants to block views or air flow, but want something to add interest to your landscape. Groundcovers are often a good answer for slopes or swales where mowing is difficult.

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