Oh the joys of cultivating a garden! Nothing is as serene and calming as going out on a sunny day and landscaping your most precious garden. Every flower, shrub, fern, tree and bush you planted in it has a place in your grand design and watching it flourish and grow everyday is a rewarding, if not calming experience.
One of the plants you may consider for your garden is the partridgeberry (Mitchella repens) a creeping evergreen vine that’s quiet and unassuming and despite its ubiquitous appearance, it is quite a common plant used to accentuate a garden or yard. Partridgeberry is named for the partridges that eat its sparse berries.
Growing this herbaceous woody shrub, commonly found in North American countries is quite easy. Below are the steps you can follow to cultivate the partridgeberry groundcover.
- Mimic the natural environment. Since the partridgeberry is native to North America, you shouldn’t have any trouble mimicking its natural environment. Use soil that is a sandy loam rich in humus. Unlike most plants, it’s none too fussy about the pH levels in the garden soil. It’s so hardy it can even grow among limestone rocks.
- Get in the shade. The partridgeberry should be planted in places where there is full shade. The partridgeberry needs moist soil and keeping it rooted in the shade will ensure exactly that and too much sun will cause the poor plant stress.
- Keep it moist. The real trick in maintaining partridgeberry is to keep it always moist but always well drained. So you need to constantly be vigilant that the place you planted it is kept moist but not too moist. You can dig a trench around it to make sure they don’t drown. Always remember, that for the first two years of growing, it cannot be allowed to dry out.
- Transplanting is easy. The partridgeberry can be transplanted easily and at the same time will be easy to propagate by dividing the roots. Cut root-bearing sections from the stem around the nodes then replace them in moist soil. A few snips will create a good sized evergreen mate for the garden.
- Plant for shade. The partridgeberry best feature that it provides great foliage for rock gardens and the like. So if you plan to use it as foliage, you had better locate ideal places to plant the partridgeberry then map the garden out accordingly.
- Grooming. Occasionally trim your partridgeberry to give it a neat appearance. Remove dead leaves by using gardening tools to neatly cut them off instead of snapping them off.
Choosing the right kind of groundcover will do a lot for your garden.
The partridgeberry is a great choice because after two years of
meticulous care, you can pretty much leave it be, except when giving it
the occasional trimming and grooming. It can withstand harsh winters and
drought. A garden is a great reflection on your organizational skills,
gardening acumen and nurturing nature as a person and adding the
partridgeberry accents how green your thumb is.