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HOMES & GARDENS: ASK TOBY.

Byline: Dr Toby Musgrave

QCAN you suggest any groundcover plants to cover bald patches of very shady ground beneath a tree?

JEAN BAGLEY, Birmingham AThere are several shade-tolerant ground-cover plants, Jean.

Use ivies with yellow leaves such as Gold Heart or Sulphur Heart to add a splash of colour.

Waldsteinia ternata, which has yellow flowers, and Rubus tricolor will give you a good mat of cover.

But how about planting a few other plants to come up through the ground cover to give some variety? Plants that immediately spring to mind include hostas, Crocus tommasinianus, Convallaria majalis (lily of the valley) and two evergreens: Asplenium scolopendrium (heart's tongue fern) and Iris foetidissima.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Sep 14, 2003
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