So I went on this garden tour.
It was interesting to see all the work that had gone into building water features and a great garden studio and roofed enclosures for hot tubs. The flowers were lovely and there were actually real lawns but I did sometimes notice a lack of trees which was somewhat like my lack of photos of the tour. (I was busy touring okay?)
Personally I feel greatly motivated to plant trees absolutely everywhere on our land and I’ve been like that for years.
Here are some of the ones that grow outside my kitchen door:
Now Mr O says I have overplanted trees and it’s true, the shady places do groweth and expandeth (I’ve been thinking about Shakespeare lately), but that suits me and feels cool (on hot days) plus there is kind of a water shortage around here until someone robs a bank and has another well drilled ––the shade definitely helps keep that desert look at bay.
Also shade works for woodland plants which are the ones I seem to like the best anyway and I am Garden Queen here remember.
But let’s return to the tour. One place had quite a lot of a very pretty groundcover but no one there knew what it was called. (You see I am not the only person who does not let record-keeping slow up the planting process.) I hadn’t seen it before either and I did take this one photo with my phone camera because I was completely certain that YOU would be able to identify this plant instantly.
The gardener said it grew a lot. Well actually she said it was “invasive,” but then I think she felt bad about having said that and she added that it was easily ripped out. She didn’t know if it was evergreen or not… It grows maybe 10 inches tall in deep shade. Those are all the hints you get, sorry. [Note to Carolyn: I know you know.]
I can also testifiy that if you search online for images of “bi-color shade groundcover” you get to look at lots of pictures of great plants that aren’t this one.
Anyway please do send along the answer because I just love to have groundcovers growing in my forest and also I am quite drawn to the mysterious marks on the leaves of this one which I think are some kind of coded message but we will work on solving that part later.