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Ground Cover in Dry Area

We live in Highlands, NC. We have a large covered deck and want to plant greenery below (underneath it), preferably ground cover. It's a shady spot, but the problem is that it gets little to no rain water. Any suggestions for this type of area? Thanks! Janis Wilson
Submitted by janiswilson102



Thanks for writing. The key is how dry the area is --- if it hardy ever gets rainfall and you don't intend to irrigate it, then you may not be able to grow anything. Even drought-tolerant plants need some moisture.


But if it does get some moisture, you can try bigroot geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum) or epimedium; they're both good groundcovers for shade and they tolerate drought.


---Justin, Senior Garden Editor,

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