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  • Stephanie Lindsay

    Lamium - SHADE GROUND COVER Lamium is an excellent, easy-care groundcover. Most types bloom through the summer, producing clusters of pink or white flowers. Even when they're not blooming, they have great silver-marked foliage that brightens up shady corners. What a beautiful alternative to a struggling lawn! Name: Lamium maculatum Growing Conditions: Full shade and moist, well-drained soil Size: 8 inches tall Zones: 4-8

  • Stephanie Lindsay

    Tough Perennials that grow in dry shade - READ ARTICLE Dry shade can make for a gardening challenge: no sun, no lawn. And because it's dry, most common shade plants (which are native to moist, wo...

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  • Angela Dawn

    Lamium - good ground cover for shaded areas of the yard

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