Always read pot tags and consider looking plants up online to confirm just how tall and wide they’ll grow in your region. With living groundcovers like this perennial alpine strawberry, it’s also important to consider how far plants can spread. Groundcovers used as bed edging may need constant attention to keep them in bounds. Read plant reviews online and ask local garden centers to discover how aggressively a particular plant grows in your region. A docile beauty in a northern zone with hard winters can often be a garden thug in regions with mild winters.
This 1600-square-foot home exterior in Austin, TX features brown and gray wood, blending simple materials and lines to created a sophisticated look. The house was designed around a courtyard in order to create an interior/exterior relationship and privacy at the same time. Stone groundcover lines the walkway.
Get your pool cover in place for winter. If you have a simple plastic cover, make sure there aren’t any rips or tears. Repair small tears by duct taping on both sides. For a safety cover, follow the manual instructions for installation. Use water tubes to keep the cover in place. They won’t harm the pool liner if they happen to tumble into the pool.
Count on a spa cover to protect a winterized, drained spa and to conserve energy in a spa that’s used through winter. Inspect your cover for any deterioration. If it’s in good condition, apply a protectant to both the inside and outside. Avoid using a silicone protectant on a vinyl cover because silicone breaks down vinyl. Once the cover is in place, secure the straps and lock the whole thing in place. For high wind areas, research hurricane spa covers.
Best used as ground cover, Wheeler’s Dwarf Japanese Mock Orange is known for producing small scented flowers with orange coloring. When grown in partial to full sun, the ground cover can reach 3 feet in height and 5 feet in width.