Landscape Literacy

Plant of the Week: Pachysandra

Pachysandra is an evergreen ground cover that grows well in shaded areas. It spreads quickly and will form a dense, rich green carpet about 8-12″ high. This low maintenance plant is drought tolerant and provides seasonal interest when tiny white flowers appear in early spring.

Light Needs: Partial to full shade

Watering Needs: Moderate watering as needed

Average Size: 6″ – 12″ tall

Why we love this plant: One of our favorite ground covers, Pachysandra is a great choice for creating a natural look in shaded areas of the landscape. As seen in the picture above, it is an elegant addition to an otherwise simple walkway. Best served in the shade, Pachysandra is great for growing under trees or as a border plant in bed areas. The light green color makes shaded areas appear brighter or provides a nice contrast among darker shrubs.