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  1. There are a myriad of fast-growing ground covers to choose from, ranging in height from six-inch dwarfs to two or three foot shrub-like ground covers. The range becomes more refined depending on where you live, your growing needs and personal preference, and what you garden. Since you didn't mention where you garden, I choose a range of fast-growing options to accommodate a variety of growing zones.

    Creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera) is a creeping and mounding plant growing 6 to 8 inches high, with springtime blooms; zones 3-8. Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia) likes moisture; Zones 4-10. Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) is a personal favorite for its beautiful blue blooms; Zones 5-9. Pachysandra is evergreen in warm climates; Zones 5-10. Creeping thyme, another personal favorite, loves sun; Zones 4-8. There are a variety of ground cover type hostas, Zones 3-9, such as 'Autumn Frost'. Cotoneaster horizontalis, Zones 5-8, offers spring blooms followed by masses of red berries. Bishop's weed (Aegopodium podagraria) thrives in sun or shade; Zones 3-9. And there are a variety of ornamental grasses that make for fantastic ground covers. Good luck!

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