Blue Daze Ground Cover Plant
The blue daze evolvulus flowering plant is native to Paraguay and Brazil, the blue daze is an evergreen and a member of the morning glory family. Another name for the blue daze is the dwarf morning glory, this evergreen beauty is a low-growing plant that makes a good ground cover.
The blue daze plant is a tender non-vining herbaceous perennial that can also be grown as an annual, the blue daze is heat-loving and drought-tolerant. The flowers of this tropical beauty are brilliant blue funnel-shaped, what I love about blue daze is that it produces these beautiful flowers in abundance.
The foliage (leaves) of the blue daze are fuzzy, olive gray-green, if you’re living in a coastal area and would love a garden plant that can produce an abundance of flower bloom while withstanding the salt sprays (salt-tolerant) then look no further blue daze will go to work for you. Like other ground covers the blue daze plant is also used widely for this purpose (as a ground cover) which we will be looking at below, blue daze can also be used in hanging baskets and containers. Here are other articles that discuss this garden beauty, blue daze winter care, blue daze care, blue daze hanging baskets, blue daze seeds, blue daze not blooming, and propagating blue daze.
Blue daze ground cover
Here are just a few places the blue daze ground cover will work wonders.
1. Around or under a tree trunk-A great place to install blue daze plants is around the trunks of trees, ensure however that sufficient sunlight is reaching blue daze because these garden beauties love the full sunlight along with their ability to withstand drought conditions once established.
2. Along walkways-Installing blue daze along garden walkways and driveways gives such a welcoming feeling as we connect with nature out outdoors.
3. Hillside and slops-Instead of installing a lawn on a hillside or slope that can be pretty dangerous to maintain why not install ground covers that require less maintenance.
4. Soften edges-Soften the edges of hardscapes by installing ground covers.
5. Fill shady spots-give that shady spot a make-over by installing ground covers, there are many ground covers that are shade loving.
6. Fill gaps-fill in between stepping stones with ground covers that can also soften this type of hardscape.
Some Full Sun Ground cover
- Creeping Thyme
- Creeping Phlox
- Lambs Ear
- Blue Star Creepers
- Ice Plant
- Basket of Gold
Some Partial Shade Ground Cover
- Spotted Deadnettle
- Creeping Liriope
- Yellow Archangel
- Common Periwinkle
- English Ivy
- Sweet Woodruff
- Mother of Thousands
Some Full Shade Ground Covers
- Allegheny Spurge
- Bishop’s Weed
- Plantain Lily
- Creeping Mazus
- Spotted Dead-nettle
- Wild Geranium
- Creeping Saxifrage
Note: When using grand covers in a plant bed with other plants species consider using plant edging or decorative logs to keep them from running into or taking over other plant species
The benefits of ground covers
- Ground covers can provide bare areas with beautiful colors whether the flowering or non-flowering ones
- Ground covers can save money by covering large areas meaning purchasing fewer plants to fill those bare spots
- Want to suppress weeds the natural way without weed killers that can be harmful if used in the wrong way along with causing a few extra bucks and applying which can be time-consuming. Then installing ground covers can help with this because weeds especially when actively growing can be eye-soar and time-consuming as far as weeding them by hand or the use of weed killers are a concern
- Many garden pests and rodents such as rats are known to use weeds as a harborage or shelter, these insect pests can in turn damage garden plants. Rodents can also damage garden plants, especially food crops, and will eventually seek entrance into homes and building structures as long they are allowed to hang around premises which can lead to other issues that can lead to spending more to eliminate them. The use of ground covers can help with these issues
- Ground covers help to purify the air
- Because of their low maintenance ground covers are easy to care for
- Ground covers are known to “repel garden insect pests” so no need to use pesticides which are very costly and can cause harm if used wrongfully
- Grond covers help to reduce high temperatures, especially during the summertime
- Ground covers help to prevent soil erosion
- Ground covers increase biodiversity encouraging the presence of beneficial insects, birds, and butterflies
- Ground covers are said “to act as a rain buffer helping to delay the discharge of rainwater to the sewage system”
The final word on blue daze ground cover
With all that said it’s no wonder that ground covers are highly prized and used in many home gardens, it seems like the benefits of these plants are endless. The blue daze is a ground cover that can benefit in these ways also why not install blue daze and watch this plant go to work for you as you reap the many benefits this garden beauty has to offer. What are you waiting for? go for it, you will be so happy with the results.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.