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Ground cover for windy and shady area

Zone Dublin | shakeshaftj added on April 11, 2015 | Answered

I have a very windy area where I just can't seem to grow any ground cover. I've tried periwinkles and ornamental grass (both long and short types) with no success. I have 3 birch trees which have survived, so it seems to me that only on ground level nothing survives. Please help. I've even been feeding tomato feed to boost nutrient supply.

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shelley
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Answered on April 11, 2015

Here is an article that I think will help you that outlines plants that will do well in both shade and wind, especially for those living on a coast, as I imagine you are. If any of the plants pique your interest, just make sure they are for your plant hardiness zone which, for dublin, is zone 9a.
http://northcoastgardening.com/2010/05/coastal-gardens-shade-plants/

Here is an extension website that has a comprehensive table of ground covers, you will want to scroll down to the bottom for "selected ground covers for part to deep shade":
https://extension.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07400.html

For more suggestions on ground covers for shade:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/shade/ground-covers-for-shade.htm

For more suggestions on wind-resistant plants:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/wind-resistant-plants-for-your-windy-garden.htm

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