A: Trailing ground covers will fill blank spots, may help suppress weeds from growing, and add color to your garden. Asian Jasmine is often a common choice, but there are some other easy plants to consider.

Asian Jasmine

 

Woolly stemodia (Stemodia lanata) is a Texas native perennial with velvety silver leaves and small lavender flowers and it loves full sun. Typically, this plant is evergreen, but it could sustain freeze damage in winter and then later recover.

A fun favorite for sunny spots is a chenille plant (Acalypha pendula) that features rounded green leaves and long fuzzy red blooms that resemble caterpillars. Kids love this plant! As a tropical plant native to Cuba, the top may freeze in the winter, but will come back each year.

Ornamental sweet potato vines (Ipomoea batatas) in all varieties work great in full sun and part shade. Their showy leaves range in color from yellow-chartreuse, bronze and copper to maroon. Variegated options are also available and the leaves are heart-shaped or hand-shaped. These plants are vigorous growers and will scramble through your garden beds. Just trim unruly tendrils and share them with friends. Since these are native to Central and South America, sweet potatoes will go dormant in winter and then return from their tuberous roots in springtime.

I hope you find room for some of these pretty ground huggers!

 

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Suzzanne Chapman is the botanical collections curator at Mercer Botanic Gardens and promotes organic gardening, growing native plants, and protecting the environment. Send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..