Not that anyone has asked me, but I thought I would weigh in on my personal choices of ground cover/underplanting.
I am a traditionalist. I like four plants for covering those awkward spaces under roses, hydrangea and other flowering shrubs.
My number one choice is Nepeta, specifically Walkers’ Low. I love this plant. It is hearty, beautiful, fragrant and voluminous. Its only downside is that if you have cats, they like to nap right in the middle of them. It’s also known as catmint.
My second choice is hosta. There are so many smaller cultivars these days, and they are mostly all fabulous.
My third choice is stachys, or lambs ears. They add texture and a beautiful grey color that blends with everything.
My fourth choice is lavender. It’s a bit hard to get started, but once it gets going, it is just about perfect.
And they are all great bee plants!
- Catmint the cat’s meow (sfgate.com)
- Stachys byzantina (findmeacure.com)
- Three Out of Four Cats Agree: Nepeta Cataria Rocks! (gardeningnirvana.wordpress.com)