ground cover plants and question about Meeting in Berkeley

Ceridwen Lloyd
Fri, 13 Apr 2012 11:14:54 PDT
Possibly thymus serpyllum?
I have it covering some bulbs in a fairly sandy bed and it has done well but not been rampant, and is a tight, bright green  low-grower (the taller thymes get a bit leggy and scruffy-looking)
I'm surprised about viola hederacea - but then again I made the well-intentioned mistake of planting the (admittedly beautiful) Californian tree poppy here Romneya coulteri in South Australia and it is a THUG, I now fear that nuking it from orbit is the only way to be sure!
(I am sure that a thread about our pooled experiences of garden thugs would run for many pages and sorely vex the bulbs-only folk though!)
(Climate-Zone denialist still trying to get Lilium grayi to grow in zone 9)

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On 13/04/2012, at 2:34 PM, Elaine Jek <> wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm new to PBS. I'm located in Silicon Valley, CA area. I'm growing summer growing bulbs like cannas, tulip, kniphofia, watsonia, amercrinium and some winter ones like galanthus, bletilla striata(not sure if this orchid is considered a bulb). I'm wondering what are good ground cover plants that remain evergreen or preferably bright green(not dull algae green) through the mild winters here. I've started on some achillea millefolium 'Sonoma Coast' and low growing manzanitas I got from Yuerba Buena Nursery. I water once or twice a week in summer. Are there drought tolerant plants that can do well (in SF Bay south peninsula area) to cover over the bare ground while the summer bulbs are dormant besides vinca or ice plant?
> I might have missed the posting, please point me in the right direction to know more about the meeting next week in Berkeley. Is there a list of talks/highlights listed somewhere on the PBS website? Is there a bulb exchange?
> Thanks!
> -Elaine.
> USDA zone 9a
> Sunset climate zone: 16
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