Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mulch is good but Ground covers are better.

This is one of my favourite plants. Myoporum parvifolium. A lovely ground cover which is also a fire retardant.

It makes a great lawn substitute for areas which don't have lots of traffic and flowers pretty much all summer long. It comes in white with purple spots or shades of pink . Its tough and pretty. Rather than pretty tough! Also as you'll see from the pics it would look great trailing over rocks or spilling over a retaining wall.
Ground covers are a great alternative to bare soil or mulch with the added benefit of insulating the soil and cooling it down. This little plant has a leaf rather like rosemary, which in its prostrate form is also an excellent ground cover, and smells divine. Being a Mediterranean plant its also very drought tolerant and useful for its flavour its oil, and its cosmetic qualities. A rinse made out of rosemary tea and put through brunette hair will give it a glorious shine.
Pictures are courtesy of ASGAP and Daves Garden.

Any feedback is good so feel free to leave your comments.


  1. Hi Serena

    Absolutely right, ground cover is always preferable to bare soil.

    I like your new header pic by the way.



Thanks for commenting on my blog its great to hear from whose reading and i do love getting the feedback! Enjoy your read!

Please do not add a link to your own blog in your comment. If you comment under your blog name the link will show in the name. I won't publish comments made with commercial usernamesor, and please do not use the comments section to promote your business. If you wish to be a part of this community, please use your private username, not a commercial one.