ground cover plants

Jerry Ripperda
Sat, 14 Apr 2012 14:12:50 PDT

 In Sacramento, dianthus, petunias, nepeta, veronica, and alyssum work well for 
me in sunny areas, while campanulas, pulmonaria, and lobelias are my choices for 
shady areas. These have all been perennial, dependable, and snail-free for me. 
Tuberous begonias are another possible choice for you; begonias die back after 
frosts in Sacramento, but they return reliably in March.

From: Elaine Jek <>
To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
Sent: Thu, April 12, 2012 10:04:11 PM
Subject: [pbs] ground cover plants and question about Meeting in Berkeley

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?


USDA zone 9a
Sunset climate zone: 16

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