A few ground-hugging companions such as the colourful ornamental Dead Nettles
, Winter Heathers and early spring bulbs will set them off nicely.
WHITE Nancy and silver beacon dead nettles
, or lamiums, have shiny silvery leaves that light up shady spots and help purple-leaved groundhuggers, like ajuga and heuchera palace purple, stand out against bare soil.
Many are weed-suppressing ground huggers, such as bugle, dead nettles
, lady's mantle, periwinkle and ivy.
Fill gaps in borders with groundhugging ornamental plants like hardy geraniums, heathers, bugle and dead nettles
GARY McLARDY reports a group of white dead nettles
coming into bloom in Formby on January 16.
For ground cover in shade, variegated lamiums or dead nettles
, such as Silver Beacon and White Nancy, take some beating, or you could choose variegated periwinkles.