Spring Gardening-Ground Covers: Friend, Neighborly, or Enemy…

I have a terraced yard which didn’t look like this when we moved here in 2011. This photo was taken two books ago, so it’s a bit more ‘natural’ now. I’m out between rain showers to work on that aspect and wanted to share a couple of mistakes I wish I hadn’t made. Invasive ground covers should come with warning labels. All in favor, raise your trowel!

The pink flowering creeping time is well mannered. The lithodora with violet flowers will spread.

Lilly of the Valley is great for shade, but they are not shy, so plan accordingly. Fortunately, the pips are easy to pull out. They remind me of my sweet Aunt Shirley and kind Uncle Ike, so I’ll always grow them.

This is my fourth home and I’ve waved a thankful farewell to yards with invasive plants: lemon balm, veronica, and the dreaded snow on the mountain. The aggressive battle continues on some of the above invaders-which I bought and invited to take hold in great soil. I hope your gardening plans or planting, in pots or in plots, are taking shape.

Happy Trails,


About Sally Brandle

Author, horse lover, gardener, pastry enabler, and thankful wife and mother. Very proud of both novels, The Hitman's Mistake and Torn by Vengeance, published by Soul Mate Publishing. The Targeted Pawn releases in March of 2020. Multi-award winning author Sally Brandle weaves slow-burning romance into edgy suspense, motivating readers to trust their instincts. Growing up as a tomboy alongside brothers prepared her to work in a male-centric industry, raise sons, and create action packed stories featuring strong women. She thrives on creating unintentional heroines who conquer their vulnerabilities and partner with heroes to outwit cunning villains.
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5 Responses to Spring Gardening-Ground Covers: Friend, Neighborly, or Enemy…

  1. I’m raising my trowel in agreement. I got rid of my purple coneflowers years ago. They were gorgeous but refused to stay where I wanted them and then they got weedy looking. They’re hard to eradicate. Love your hillside garden. You must share that on my A Writers Garden blog this year.

  2. Sally Brandle says:

    I don’t mind Echinacea, or bee balm, but whatever those purple ones are with sage like leaves–Uggh. Let me get it cleaned up a bit—or we could do a before and after having published 2 books post :). It’s Lance approved right now-knee high in grass in places. Happy gardening!

  3. viola62 says:

    I love my garden, but alas, our last deep freeze killed many of my dear plants.

    • Sally Brandle says:

      I feel your pain…last year we had a rainy spell, then freeze. I had a bleeding heart from my mom’s garden in Michigan. She’d brought me a start, which I’d moved to four houses, but it succumbed to the weather. I bought two last week and a new, possible favorite, Sundance Mexican orange. I still have a thriving Japanese anemone from Mom, which she called Mrs. Gowe’s plant. My mom at 80+ and her older hubby, delivered Meals on Wheels to Mrs. Gowe and that’s the plant’s heritage. It is much sturdier, and I think of Mom each time I pass by it. They become our clan, don’t they?

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