Perfect Ground Cover
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I am looking for a late flowering ground cover for the front of deep borders. Something that doesn't have rhizome's that will spread politely and not be a thug and replace bark mulching and is loved by wildlife.... is there such a perfect plant???
Persicaria affinis 'Superba' [aka 'Dimity'] or any of the similar cultivars out there..
It does spread with trailing stems, but they are so easy to pull up a child could deal with it... it's not considered invasive... link below showing photo from Ballyrobert Gardens..
Pennisetum alopecuroides varieties, in particular 'Hameln', and 'Cassians Choice'.. I have Cassians, it starts flowering in mid August, seed heads are useful for birds and you might get grasshoppers too.. I do... plus autumn colouration in the foliage..buff colours..
For low growing mat of decorative foliage, Persicaria Capitata will do well in dry and damp soils and often flowering into autumn time.
It has flowers earlier in the year but has lovely bright green foliage all year.
It grows quickly but is not invasive,extremely hardy,drought resistant,seems to grow under shrubs where nothing else will. Lovely in pots as well.You can lightly prune or use shears.I can't praise it highly enough and wouldn't be without it in my garden!!
In fact I have just sent a whole boxful to my sister who wanted it to edge some huge beds she is doing in a garden for someone!
A bit more about it here:- https://thesmartergardener.com/sedum-confusum-dreamy-ground-cover/