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Covering Ground [Kindle Edition]

Barbara W. Ellis
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Looking for an alternative to a traditional lawn? Covering Ground explores hundreds of wonderful possibilities. Flowering plants, herbs, mosses, ground-hugging shrubs, and heathers, planted singly or in creative combinations, can add interest, elegance, and drama to otherwise dull and ordinary areas. And hardscape options, such as bluestone, crushed gravel, brick, or shredded bark mulch, can create pathways and define borders. You'll be inspired by these low-maintenance, creative ideas, and Barbara Ellis includes all of the information you need to successfully select, plant, and care for the ground covers that you choose.

Editorial Reviews


“Barbara W. Ellis transforms yards into flowering pieces of art…offering low-maintenance schemes, plant combinations, and in-depth advice on nurturing verdant landscapes.”

Home Magazine


Covering Ground will inspire with its wonderful possibilities for creating eye-catching color and texture in unexpected places.  Ellis has the answers to the toughest garden situations…”

East Coast Gardener


“If you’re making the decision to get rid of some water-thirsty lawn, here’s help.  Here are plenty of alternatives, as simple or as show as you want, for sun or shade, around pavers, along edges, fragrant or not, fast- or slow-growing, high- or low-maintenance.”

St. Petersburg Times


“There's life beyond lawn grass, and even beyond English ivy and pachysandra. You'll find lots of good ideas in Covering Ground.”

Chicago Tribune


“Barbara Ellis … elevates utilitarian ground cover plants to garden stars.”

McClatchy News Service


From the Back Cover

REIMAGINE the Possibilities for Covering Your Ground

REPLACE GRASS on hard-to-mow slopes

CONNECT scattered flower beds, trees, and shrubs

CONTROL erosion along stream banks

CARPET the patches between stepping stones

STABILIZE boggy areas

EDGE walkways, curbs, and driveways

CREATE natural alternatives to traditional lawns

ADD A SPLASH OF COLOR anywhere you need it!

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Covering Ground December 13, 2007
By DJkat
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This book is a wonderful picture book full of information on any plant or plant combination you might use to cover an area of your garden. From borders to large expanse open areas. I was happy to find that it was not just the standard 'ground cover' plants that were discussed. Instead, it covered beautiful plant combinations that could be used to fill-in bare spots and trouble spots in the garden. It's the perfect book for garden planning and dreaming during the dreary winter.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best landscaping book I've read September 21, 2008
This is hands-down the most useful landscaping book I've ever read. After finding it at the library, I wanted my own copy. I have a large ravine next to my house that I'm slowly trying to convert from a weed-filled ditch to a vision of beauty and this book is my guide. It includes a vast catalog of groundcovers complete with needs for sun, soil type, climate zone, and photos. It goes beyond the usual assortment, including shrubs, grasses, and combination of hardscape and groundcovers. There is also a lot of information on native plants and invasive ones (many of which can be useful in the right place!) I salute Barbara Ellis for this masterful work. If I could only have one gardening book, this would be it.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on groundcovers October 17, 2009
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I poured through this book many times front to back and refer to it often. I love Barbara's easy writing style and the book is arranged nicely. I've gardened for years and am getting to the point where I need to add lower maintenance plants. With the detailed plant descriptions there is no mistake of what a plant will do for you so choosing is a much easier task. I have a rather large collection of plant books and this one ranks with my favorites.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative, helpful June 10, 2008
Nice variety of plants discussed, most easy to find at local nurseries, Lowes, Home Depot. Excellent photos. Plants are well-grouped, ie dry shade, wet soil, shrubs for sun and shade, acid soil, alkaline soil, etc. Discusses how ground covers work, but provides little info on invasives. Overall creativity factor is low to medium (nothing too new or innovative is presented). Best used as a sourcebook, it will get you out to the stores in search of what fits your landscape.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Just Ground Covers March 25, 2010
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At first glance I was thinking that this book was about ground covers, but it truly is about covering ground in creative and beautiful ways with many different types of plants. Well written, practical and informative!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good addition to my gardening bookshelf September 18, 2011
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I am a papermaker that has been focusing on planting and growing the plants I use in my paper artwork (handmade papers made from native plants transfered onto art canvas's.) After 11 years of this kind of gardening, I have begun to explore ground covers in my garden.

Ground covers are traditionally planted in a single species in a large drift. The author of Covering Ground, has opened me to the idea that there are other options to how we plant ground covers. Barbara Ellis likes to plant her ground covers in small drifts - of three or five plants of a single species or intermingling two different species of plants in drifts of three to five in one bed. Very creative and extremely beautiful! I will be trying this technique.

This book had many, many color photographs and is very well organized giving specific plant suggestions for each soil type and both sun and shade situations with a nice section on native ground cover - one of my primary areas of interest.

I rated this a four star book and recommend it for any gardener.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Help May 2, 2008
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My landscape problem area is a steep, rocky hillside bordering our driveway. Two landscapers have offered me ideas, but neither of them were suitable to my desire for a natural, but colorful, look. With the beautiful pictures and informative information in Covering Ground, I can now visualize this project. It is time to call that landscaper again, now that I'm better focused and informed.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
There are many possibilities for covering ground, and many of them are covered here; from replacing grass on slopes and carpeting patches between stepping stones without overgrowing them to edging walkways or using plants as an alternative to traditional lawn-type ground covers. COVERING GROUND; UNEXPECTED IDEAS FOR LANDSCAPING WITH COLORFUL, LOW-MAINTENANCE GROUND COVERS addresses all issues revolving around yard and ground covers and is a top pick for any public lending library's home and garden reference collection.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wish I had more time to garden
Published 1 month ago by Arlene Holden
5.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to the gardener's library
Nicely helpful, expands the notion of ground cover (low growing substitute for grassy coverage) to any plant that expands rapidly and fills a
defined area of space. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amy Ryberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great ideas
Published 2 months ago by Vicki F. Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars Ground Covers
Great book, I enjoyed reading through it. Great ideas.
Published 3 months ago by clew
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!
Published 3 months ago by Aronda Xystris
5.0 out of 5 stars It has it all!
Thaïs brook Is pu Thérèse as nimber 1for grounds cover-girl. I live in California...was about to replace m'y grasse Wiltshire ground cover and thé information... Read more
Published 4 months ago by It's the little things that matter.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great gardening book
Must have for anyone who prefers maintenance free ground covers to traditional lawns.
Great pictures with information on which ground covers work well together
Published 4 months ago by Val
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I am happy with the book, covering ground is just what it is about! A good resource book and I recommend it.
Published 4 months ago by LINDA MCATEER
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for covering empty spaces of earth
Review: “covering Ground” by Barbara W. Ellis

The book is an excellent book on ground covers of all types. Read more
Published 5 months ago by gt surber
3.0 out of 5 stars Did not provide the information I needed
I needed detailed information on using ground covers on slopes - this section was very short and did not provide the detail I needed. Read more
Published 6 months ago by PghMamaT
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