Friday, May 09, 2008

Ground cover flowers

These plants in my mom's garden seem to make good ground cover.

This first flower appears to be a dwarf crested iris (Iris cristata). I checked a book out of the library entitled Better Homes and Gardens Compete Guide to Flower Gardening and it is described on pages 247-248. It says it is a wildflower that spreads via rhizomes and provides a dense ground cover. The flower can be blue, lavender, or white with yellow-white crests. It likes shade but if put in full sun needs moisture. Cultivars are listed as Iris cristata alba - white flowers or 'Shenandoah Sky' for light blue or 'Abbey's Violet' for deep violet-blue with white-yellow crests. It appears to me this flower is Abbey's Violet with the purples, blues, whites and yellows seen in the picture.

See another picture as this U.S. Forest Service website:

The plants in the next picture are a little hard to identify. The plant with the flowers appears to be a weed known as ground ivy. See this web page at the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service to see if you think it is a match. Another sample can seen at the Minnesota Wildflowers site. According to that site its scientific name is Glechoma hederacea and it is known as Creeping Charlie or Gill-over-the-Ground. Here is one last site that has a beautiful picture and very detailed description:

The serrated leaf coming across might be a some sort of wild larkspur.

This last picture shows a flowering Vinca major vine with a variegated leaf. According to Wikipedia it is also called Large Perwinkle, Greater Periwinkle, or Blue Periwinkle. I have found this plant to very pervasive and a fast grower.

See more information on Wikipedia


iamcps2 said...

Trying to id the groundcover shown in your 2nd pic. on Ground Cover Flowers blog. Have you the name?

mister_poppular said...

The flowers shown on the blog are:

1st picture: dwarf crested iris (Iris cristata)

2nd picture: ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

3rd picture: blue periwinkle (Vinca major)

Be careful of the 2nd plant it is a invasive weed. The vinca vine in the third one can take over a flower bed as well.

flower delivery philippines said...

Cute flowers! I love it. I also want to use it as a ground cover in our garden. Thanks for sharing. I've got an idea.