AEGOPODIUM PODAGRARIA ‘VARIEGATUM’ VARIEGATED GROUND ELDER (SILVER-EDGED GOUT WEED)
Site Sun or shade
Spacing 24in (60cm)
As ground elder is a pernicious weed of British gardens, which many gardeners spend hours trying to eradicate, this is included with some trepidation. But it’s an easy-to-grow plant for difficult situations, and is planted as a ground cover in the USA. The variegated form is actually very attractive, grey-green edged white, and it has its uses in the wilder areas of the garden. It grows to about 12in (30cm) high.
The plant is herbaceous, and it will not provide winter cover, but the spring and summer growth is so vigorous that it will suppress weeds effectively.
Trim off the flowering stems as they appear. They will detract from the foliage effect, and if allowed to flower the seedlings can be invasive. Try mowing two or three times in a season with a rotary mower set as high as possible.
Uses Try this plant at the edge of a woodland area, or to carpet between shrubs in a large border. Not suitable for use where a compact, well-behaved plant is required, though it can be used successfully in a strip of ground between house and path, where it has firm boundaries to control its spread.