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Creeping Charlie as a Landscaping Groundcover

by on March 11, 2015

If you’re looking to enhance your landscape with a plant that is both aromatic and easy on the eye, landscaping specialists recommend the common creeping charlie. This perennial has been around for hundreds of years, and is a common fixture in many landscapes all over America, with the exception of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada and Utah. The reason creeping charlie does not thrive in landscapes within these states is because the ivy needs areas that are extremely moist and shaded in order to thrive.

Landscapes are usually filled with plants that are abundant in color, so if you’re looking for a simple plant that will fill up your landscape with vibrant colors, creeping charlie is a good choice. The flowers from this ivy range in color, from bluish-purple to dark green. Since it is ivy, it spreads without any effort and serves as a beautiful landscape groundcover.

Another reason creeping charlie is a favorite in landscapes is because of its aroma. This plant is a member of the mint family, which means it gives off a distinct mint fragrance. However, if you have creeping charlie in your landscape, you can enjoy more than just the mint bouquet. It has been known for centuries that creeping charlie has many medicinal uses, which is why some homeowners will dry out the leaves and make a tea from this landscaping groundcover. Drinking tea made with or ingesting creeping charlie can be used to remedy digestive issues, sinusitis, problems with the ear, nose and throat, chest congestion, indigestion and even kidney disease.

With the many benefits creeping charlie offers, it is worth considering adding this beautiful groundcover to your landscape this season.

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