Groundcovers for Cold Climates or Is Charlie Really a Creep?

Is Charlie really a creep? Southern gardeners would reply with a resounding YES! Glechoma hederacea better known as Creeping Charlie is a robust groundcover that is as beautiful as it is invasive. As its name suggests it creeps along the ground putting down roots wherever it comes into contact with soil. It spreads slowly in poor soil making it useful for slopes or areas where nothing else will grow.

On the 2013 garden tours in the Peace I came across three beautiful displays of Creeping Charlie that have made me rethink my decision to avoid this plant.

Creeping Charlie is beautifully contained in a whiskey barrel. Photo taken at the gardens of Ruth & Bert Veiner in Rolla BC

Creeping Charlie is beautifully contained in a whiskey barrel. Photo taken at the gardens of Ruth & Bert Veiner in Rolla BC

Creeping Charlie spills out of a pair of buckets in this beautiful display in the garden of Bert and Ruth Veiner of Rolla BC.

Creeping Charlie spills out of a pair of buckets in this beautiful display in the garden of Bert and Ruth Veiner of Rolla BC.

Creeping Charlie cascades down a rock wall in the garden of Linda & Darryl Veiner of Rolla, BC>

Creeping Charlie cascades down a rock wall in the garden of Linda & Darryl Veiner of Rolla, BC

Do you use Creeping Charlie in your garden? What are your experiences with this plant? Would you recommend it for Peace Country gardens? Feel free to comment below!

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2 Comments on Groundcovers for Cold Climates or Is Charlie Really a Creep?

  1. Personally I love creeping Charlie and usually keep one inside as a house plant. I really like them because if you think it’s getting too long you can hjust snap off a stem. You can also take those stems and just stick them back in the dirt and create a whole new plant as they just root out. They’re beautiful and easy to grow. Who could call these weeds? Smh

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