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Galium or Sweet Woodruff is a low growing shade groundcover with supersonic coverage. I personally love this groundcover because it does all the work for me (great for the lazy gardener in me). Galium keeps the weeds down, looks pretty all season and sometimes give me more than what I bargain for.
This hardy, herbaceous shade loving perennial grows 8-12” tall and produces a thick green mat of handsome foliage from spring-fall. Hundreds of small, dainty white flower clusters infuse light in dark areas of the shade garden in early summer.
You might want to consider providing a sturdy barrier such as lawn edging to keep this shade loving traveler from getting out of control.
If Sweet Woodruff starts to get to a destination I don’t want, I simply reach for my shovel and start spading out chunks or I just start to grab handfuls (the roots are very shallow) and start ripping away . Sound ruthless? You bet, since the remaining plants are never the worse for wear and it takes barely no time at all.
Tough shade groundcover for tough areas
Sweet Woodruff will be much more restrained in poorer soil and
difficult to grow areas such as beneath Oak or black walnut trees. They are also deer & drought proof.
Sweet Woodruff is an herb and makes a very quick, inexpensive vanilla-scented car freshener. Just put a couple of sprigs in the dashboard and enjoy!
Look for fast coverage in a shade garden? Maybe Galium is just the right groundcover for you!