Creeping Jenny (Moneywort) in Side Yard Path Bed - October 2021
Last year, we had some Moneywort (Creeping Jenny) in our front porch container that before Winter set in, I transplanted into a couple of beds to try to grow as ground cover. One of the plants I divided and planted in the 'in between two driveways' bed that I was just establishing last Fall. Another one of them ended up behind the fence, but along the house. This bed is now set against the metal path edging and had a couple of legacy Hostas planted here and there over the years.
This particular Creeping Jenny seemed to weather the Winter just fine (it *is* tucked in against the house and has the fence not far from it, so there isn't harsh Winter winds that could hit it) and this Summer, it seemed to stretch out a bit. You can see the current state of the ground cover below:
This seems like it needs a few shade tolerant plants tucked in on their side of the main planting of Moneywort, but it also tells me that I can replicate this in other dense-shade areas. This bed gets ZERO direct sun and I've NEVER hand-watered this area. Testament to the hardy nature of Creeping Jenny or Moneywort. I'll pick some up in Spring to add to some shade areas in the back to reduce the amount of mulch I need to lay down in 2022 and beyond.
Now that I type that, I'm pretty sure this needs to be something on my 2022 to-do list: Be deliberate about buying and planting ground cover. Could be sedges. Could be Moneywort. Could be Ajuga. Could be pachysandra. But, buy a couple of flats of them and get started on buying LESS mulch every year.