Ground cover

(Question)

Please suggest a ground cover for a shady area. My husband’s grave is in Mt Pleasant Cemetery, and they have advised me that I may plant a similar-circle in front of the headstone. I would like it to be green year-round.
Thank you so very much for your help.
Rachael Renar

(Answer)

Thanks so much for your question. One starting place might be the Toronto Master Gardeners guide to broadleaf evergreen groundcovers, which will give you some examples of popular groundcovers: https://www.torontomastergardeners.ca/index.php/factsheet/broadleaf-evergreen-groundcovers-a-toronto-master-gardeners-guide/

Most examples are low growing, which I understand is one of the criteria provided by Mount Pleasant Cemetery, and many examples are ideal for partial shade or shady conditions.  By their nature, plants used as groundcovers tend to spread, but there are many that are slower growing and easily maintained.  Depending upon what you may find beautiful, and whether you want one large specimen, or a few smaller specimens of the same variety, a couple of very different plants to consider might be Pachysandra, or Japanese Spurge, which thrives in full shade, or, for a larger single specimen, perhaps a lovely Bearberry, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi  ‘Vancouver Jade’, native to Canada, which will grow in partial shade.

https://www.mountpleasantcemeterylondon.ca/bylaws-cemetery