Perennials 101, Perennials for Special Purposes
One of the great things about Jeepers Creepers® is that they offer solutions to what many gardeners perceive as problem areas. To help you find the right plant, we’ve created an amazing search feature on our sister site: http://www.jeeperscreepers.info/ that can be used in a number of different ways.
If you plan to walk on your Jeepers Creepers® plants, choose your varieties based on the required traffic tolerance. We recommend that plants not be walked on until established, or whenever the soil is soggy wet. Caution! Plants growing between paving stones or as a lawn substitute can present a hazard for tripping or skidding.
KNOW YOUR LIGHT CONDITIONS:
SOIL MOISURE CONDITIONS
This varies widely from region to region and from one year to the next. The most critical thing is knowing the conditions during the heat of summer. If your soil generally dries out in July and August and you can’t supply extra water, choose drought-tolerant selections. If you can supply deep regular weekly watering during dry spells, select plants for normal (average) moisture conditions. If the area remains constantly moist through the growing season, select moisture-loving varieties.
Extreme dry shade
Growing anything in the extreme conditions of dry shade under shallow-rooted large trees (i.e. maples, willows, beech, but also pines, spruce, cedars and others) is difficult. A tiny little groundcover finds it very hard to compete with the thirsty root system of a huge tree. Look for plants that are rated as both drought tolerant and suitable for partial or full shade.
Plants rated for average to moist conditions will grow fine if you are willing to commit to watering them weekly throughout the growing season. If you go away for extended periods during the summer then a mulch of pea gravel, bark mulch or other decorative material might be a better choice for those extremely dry and shady parts of the garden.
If a slightly taller plant might work in dry shade, consider using English Ivy (Hedera helix), Creeping Lamium (Lamium maculatum), False Lamium (Lamiastrum galeobdolon), Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra terminalis), Periwinkle (Vinca minor), Barrenwort (Epimedium) or Bigroot Cranesbill (Geranium macrorrhizum).
GROWING Jeepers Creepers® IN THE SOUTH:
In the hot & humid Zone 7 to 9 regions of the Southern USA, many of the plants grown successfully further north are just not happy. Southerners should consult local reference books on perennials and groundcovers to find which are recommended for your area. In general, many alpine plants native to high mountain regions will hate humid summer weather. Also, plants with hairy or fuzzy leaves can rot from all of that summer rain and humidity, especially when the nights are warm.
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