Good ground cover choices for poor, slightly-moist soil that receives partial shade include ferns, heather, lamium and periwinkle. For dry, nutrient-poor soil with semi-shady conditions, plant bearberry (also known as American cranberry).
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Melissa Jordan-Reilly has been a writer for 20 years, both as a newspaper reporter and as an editor of nonprofit newsletters. Among the publications in which she has published are, "The Winsted Journal," "Taconic" and "Compass Magazine." A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Jordan-Reilly also pursues sustainable agriculture techniques and tends a market garden at her Northwestern Connecticut home.