Choose groundcovers for their function
This image taken on Sept. 11, 2011 shows Variegated Liriope grass in New Market, Va., which has a variety of landscape applications, especially in areas where turf grass won't grow. It's hardy, provides thick coverage and the variegate blades colors are an attractive contrast to its lavender flower spikes. It does well in partial shade, around trees and rocks, along sidewalks and foundations and even in containers. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)
This image taken on March 20, 2013 shows Vinca minor (periwinkle or creeping myrtle), a commonly used groundcover, that prefers rich, moist soil but can tolerate poor, dry conditions and sunny exposures. This bed is growing alongside a house foundation near Langley, Wash. Beware its aggressiveness, however, and restrict its use to areas bordered by walkways or other confined spots. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)
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