Wild or Virginia Strawberry has white flowers which provide early-season nectar. Decorative in a hanging pot and effective as a ground cover as it spreads readily by stolons. Having high ecological value, it provides early season nectar, pollen & serves as a larval host plant. Provenance: Kentucky.
Light: Full to Part Sun
Height: 4 to 7 inches
Darling little plant useful as an early season ground cover. Self-sows in favorable conditions. Grown from Kentucky-source seed.
Light: Part Shade to Full Shade
Height: to 1.5 feet
Belonging to a family of primitive vascular plants, this plant does not flower but forms cone-like heads that bear spores. Evergreen stems provide very interesting visual texture in all seasons. Be forewarned that containment in a large pot is highly recommended for home use of this plant. It can spread aggressively by rhizomes, even bypassing pavement underground to colonize new areas.
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil: Average to Wet
Height: 2 to 4 feet
Dwarf Crested Iris
Typically 6 inches or less in height, this spring-blooming iris spreads to form a lovely ground cover in a shaded portion of the garden. Deer resistant. Provenance: Kentucky.
Height: 3 to 8 inches
Flowers: blue to pale blue with yellow crest
Heart shaped leaves spread via rhizomes to form an attractive ground cover for shade.
Light: Part to Full Shade
Soil: Average to Wet, Well-drained
Height: to 1 foot
Blooms: April to May (but are low to ground, making them difficult to notice)
Big Leaf Aster
Aka Large Leaf Aster, this plant is useful as a ground cover in moist, well drained soil in part shade. Flowers provide important late season nectar. Spreads by rhizomes in optimal conditions.
Light: best in part shade
Height: 2 to 4 feet
Blooms: September to October
Flowers: white to violet
Large Flower Valerian
Tubular pink-white flowers occur in clusters at top of stems in spring and look quite elegant. In nature, plant may be found in moist, well-drained soil adjacent to waterways. A good candidate to place where invasive exotic Garlic mustard has been removed. Give this plant room in optimal conditions. Tends to spread readily from stolons. Provenance: Kentucky.
Soil: moist, well-drained
Height: 1 to 2.5 feet