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Groundcovers and Plants to Use As Lawn Alternatives

Tired of maintaining a grassy lawn? Prepare for spring and find inspiration to start replacing parts of your lawn with groundcovers.

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Snow-in-Summer <em>(Cerastium tomentosum)</em>

Create a front yard with outstanding curb appeal thanks to a mixture of groundcovers, native grasses and lavender. This blend features drought-tolerant, sun-loving beauties, including white-flowered snow-in-summer. This perennial groundcover earns its name from the blooms that blanket plants in late spring to early summer. Leaves offer an eye-catching gray hue. Plants spread rapidly, covering upwards of 12 inches of ground annually. Snow-in-summer doesn’t withstand much foot traffic. Plants tolerate full sun, poor soils and are hardy in Zones 3 to 7.

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