Jeepers Creepers are an amazing collection of easy-to-grow groundcovers that will fill in those areas you just don't know what to do with. Offering fragrance, beauty and an accelerated growth habit, these plants can provide superb groundcover, act as a lawn subsitute or finish off patios or walkways with a flourish.
When deciding which Jeepers Creepers groundcovers to use, we recommend taking into consideration how you're going to use them and where they will be growing. Follow these helpful tips when making your selection:
If you plan to walk on your Jeepers Creepers plants, choose varieties suggested for traffic tolerance. We recommend that plants not be walked on until established, or whenever the soil is soggy wet.
You'll find the following traffic classifications on each Jeepers Creepers tag:
Like all plant selections, careful appraisal of light conditions will increase your success. Scout your area and use this guide to help you determine how much (or little) sunlight it gets.
The most critical thing to know about your soil is what it's like during the heat of summer. If your soil generally dries out in July and August and you can't supply extra water, choose drought-tolerant selections. If you can supply deep regular weekly watering during dry spells, select plants for normal (average) moisture conditions. If the area remains constantly moist through the growing season, select moisture-loving varieties.
Growing anything in the extreme conditions of dry shade under shallow-rooted large trees such as maples, willows, pines, spruce or cedars is difficult. A tiny little groundcover finds it very hard to compete with the thirsty root system of a huge tree, so look for plants that are rated as both drought tolerant and suitable for partial or full shade.
Plants rated for average to moist conditions will grow fine if you are willing to commit to watering them weekly throughout the growing season. If you go away for extended periods during the summer, bark mulch or other decorative material might be a better choice for those extremely dry and shady parts of the garden.