Asiatic Jasmine

Ground covers are an important part of any landscape design where energy efficiency and conservation is a consideration. With proper selection for specific areas, they can be very efficient in cutting down on heat buildup around the exterior of your home and therefore help reduce the amount of heat absorbed into your home. There are some ground covers that do not need a lot of sun and will grow in shady areas of your yard where sod does not do well. Certain ground covers can be used on slopes to help control erosion problems. They can be planted next to a driveway or walkway to provide a barrier or to discourage traffic patterns and will again help absorb heat from concrete or blacktop. And ground covers, if selected properly for the area, will use much less water than most turfs, once established.
Asian Jasmine in Bed

 
One of the most popular ground covers that we install is Asian Jasmine. We usually plant Asian Jasmine in defined areas to establish large, shady beds where grass is hard to grow because of insufficient sunlight. However, this plant tolerates sun just as well.

It is a dense, fast growing ground cover with small oval leaves that are shiny. With its glossy-textured, dark green foliage Asian Jasmine exudes an atmosphere of calm and coolness and is a welcome addition to any landscape design. It prefers moist, well drained, well prepared soil for best establishment. Once established, it is fairly drought tolerant and should not be overwatered. It requires very little in the way of maintenance as long as planted in a defined area. In most cases Asian Jasmine will climb only if trained to do so.
 
As a rule this plant is evergreen in our local climate and will tolerate temperatures in the 20 degree F range. It grows to a height of 6 to 12 inches, spreads to 3 ft. plus and should be planted 18’ to 24’ apart. It is dense enough, once established, to discourage most weed growth, although some hand weeding may be required until established.

Ornamental Peanut (Arachis Glabrata)

Peanut Grass BloomOrnamental Peanut is an attractive, low maintenance groundcover. This drought-tolerant, hardy perennial requires no supplemental water after it is established. It is in the peanut family, thus it makes its own nitrogen. This eliminates the need of nitrogen fertilizers. It has no known pests or disease which makes it an excellent ground cover of choice!

 

This plant grows to a height of 6 inches tall, has a deep green leaf, and is sometimes used as an alternative to sod. It requires a well-drained soil and thrives in full sun. As a side benefit, it has a beautiful yellow flower from early spring through summer and into late fall.

 

This plant in not a particularly aggressive specimen and in fact, like most lawns, goes dormant in the winter; however it is best to keep it contained. If you are in an area where deer are a problem this is not a plant you would want to install. Its mother plant has the nickname “Florida Alfalfa” and is sometimes grown as feed stock for horses and as an attractant and food supply on deer preserves.

 

Like all plants, there is an establishment period but once established the Ornamental Peanut has great drought tolerance. It will go dormant in all areas in cold winters but will come back in early spring and does not require replanting once established. This is a great plant for use in xeriscape designs because of its hardiness and outstanding drought tolerance. It is hardy in USDA Zones 8-11.

Peanut Grass

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