Blooming ground cover in the shade
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Low-growing plants cloak the earth like a soft carpet, hiding bare ground sure to give away your garden's newness. Ground covers grow easily if you choose what's right for your climate and avoid anything too invasive.

For recommendations, check with your local nursery or Cooperative Extension office to find an office near you. Creeping red thyme, acre sedum, plumbago, and creeping phylox do well in sun to part shade. In shade to part shade, try sweet woodruff, vinca 'Bowles,' and pachysandra 'Green Carpet.'

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