Outdoor Garden Barren Strawberries As Ground Covers
Outdoor garden ground cover plants are generally short and spread to fill an area, often reducing the amount of maintenance required in the site. There are some choices of ground covers that good for your yard. One of them is the barren strawberry. The barren strawberry is a low-growing outdoor garden ground cover. Barren strawberry plants are thus named due to their imitable resemblance to edible strawberry plants. An evergreen, barren strawberry is a ground cover with a spread of 48 inches or more but a low height of 6 inches. The foliage of barren strawberry plants is akin to that of edible strawberries with a wedge shape that turns to bronze in autumn. The plants have small yellow flowers, which again resemble those of edible strawberries, and appear in the spring. Native to Europe and northern Asia, barren strawberry is sometimes referred to as “dry strawberry” or “yellow strawberry.”
Outdoor garden barren strawberry is an herbaceous perennial that dies down over the winter and greens back up in the spring. It is suitable for USDA zones 4-9. In the mildest zones, the plants will remain as evergreen ground cover year round. This easy-to-grow perennial is suited to a wide range of soils and will thrive in full sun or part shade. While barren strawberry is drought tolerant, it does not thrive in the hot temps of the South, better bets would be W. parviflora and W. lobata, which are native to that region. Use barren strawberry amongst stepping stones or along wooded paths in light shade to sun.