Using Vines as Groundcover

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For erosion management or weed control, utilize vines with high foliage.  A vine's strong growth, especially in fertile soil, may make it unsuitable for this usage.   

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You should investigate vines for your zone before purchase. This includes honeysuckle and certain ivy, which grow aggressively.  

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It's usually hard to plant in lawns or gardens that are under trees with thick leaf canopies.  The Lesser Periwinkle (Vinca minor), which is also called the Creeping Myrtle, is a low creeping vine that does well in some to full shade.  

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Once it's established, it can also handle drought well.  Another one is Japanese Spurge, which doesn't look bushy or weedy.  

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Integrifolia (herbaceous) clematis are ideal for crawling through perennial gardens.  They have flowers of many colors, shapes, and sizes and aren't aggressive.    

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Beautiful seed heads appear for the rest of the gardening season after the flowers die.  Self-seeding integrifolias can be excellent or detrimental depending on how much ground cover you want.  

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If you want to try something new without committing to a long-term ground cover plant, the sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas) is a good choice.  They have many colors and different leaf shapes.  

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These ground cover vines are beautiful because they can do more than just cover the ground. They can also climb up rocks, stumps, fences, and other things to make your gardening more interesting.  

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