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Pachysandra

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Where there's shade, pachysandra is a no-fail choice for an attractive, durable groundcover. It's easy on the eye and does not need mowing. Its evergreen or semievergreen foliage is arranged in whorls topped in spring by short spikes of fragrant white or pinkish flowers. Pachysandra thrives in most locations except where soil is dry. One note: Japanese spurge may become invasive and is a greedy neighbor.

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Part Sun, Shade, Sun

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Under 6 inches

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Several feet wide

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4-9

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more varieties for Pachysandra

Japanese spurge
Japanese spurge
Pachysandra terminalis carries whorls of glossy evergreen leaves and short spikes of fragrant white flowers in spring. Zones 4-8
Variegated Japanese spurge
Variegated Japanese spurge
Pachysandra terminalis 'Variegata' has slightly more grayish-green leaves than the species; they are frosted with an irregular white rim. The familiar spikes of white flowers bloom in spring. The variegated forms are less aggressive than the species. Zones 4-8

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Primrose
Take a walk down the primrose path and you'll never look back! Primroses are a classic cottage flower and are popular with collectors. They covet the hundreds of different primroses available, especially some of the tiny rare alpine types.Many are staples of cottage gardens and rock gardens, while others provide spring color to damp places, rain gardens, and bog gardens. Their basal rosettes of oval leaves are often puckered or are very smooth. The colorful flowers may be borne singly or rise in tiered clusters, or even spikes. Provide humus-high soil that retains moisture and some shade for best results.
Cinnamon fern
Tall and elegant, these ferns look great during the spring and summer months thanks to their green fronds, but also in fall and winter when their upright reproductive fronds stand in the snow. They are excellent in damp soils and look especially at home beside ponds and streams. They may colonize large areas.
Hakone grass
The elegant, sweeping lines of this grass are so lovely that it's a favorite among gardeners. And Japanese forestgrass is one of only a few ornamental grasses that thrive in shade. Its mounding clumps of arching, grassy leaves gradually increase in size, never becoming invasive. Variegated cultivars are particularly attractive. All thrive in moisture-retaining, humus-rich soil and even tolerate dry conditions.
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