A classic woodland planting combination that's comprised of an ultra-tough, yet supremely handsome, trio of evergreen plants. This fantastic ground-covering plant combo for shade, including dry shade, is drought-tolerant and seldom bothered by deer. It's a very low-maintenance planting scheme; a well-timed, once-a-year cut back in late winter of the Epimedium x rubrum and the native Western sword fern is all that's needed to keep this vignette looking its best. The cutback ensures that the delightfully complex, delicate spring blooms of the Epimedium can be enjoyed versus being hidden by last year's leaves. Removing the previous year's fronds just as the new are unfurling keeps the fern looking fresh. Mount Vernon dwarf English laurel is a selected variety of the ubiquitous laurel that's commonly used as hedging and appropriately maligned for its gluttonous consumption of space and rampant growth. Worry not, this Mount Vernon is a well-behaved dwarf, ground-covering variety that inherits the good traits and leaves the bad behind. Instead you get a rock-steady, tough-as-nails, good-looking groundcover that takes tough growing conditions in stride.
Exposure: Open Shade, Deep Shade, Filtered Sun, Full Shade, Morning Sun, Part Shade
Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low
Features: Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Fabulous Foliage, Winter Interest
Focus: Year-round Interest, Curb Appeal, Mixed Border, Saving Water, Pleasing Seasonal Flow
Seasons of Interest: Fall, Winter, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest, Year-round Interest
Maintenance Level: low