Wintergreen ground cover is great for shady areas with acidic soil. It is low-growing, shrub-like and spreads to 24 inches wide by stolons. In the summer it has sweet little bell-shaped flowers, and in the fall and winter, it has lovely red berries.
Creeping Wintergreen offers year round visual interest! This aromatic little ground cover plant is not only attractive, but it also has a history of medicinal uses. It contains methyl salicylate, a medicine related to aspirin, and has been used in medicines for both internal and topical use.
Wintergreen ground cover seeds germinate best after a cold treatment. It is recommended to refrigerate Wintergreen seeds 4 - 10 weeks as the cold temperature helps to break the dormancy of the seed. Remove the ground cover seeds from the refrigerator and sow them directly in a prepared seedbed. Creeping Wintergreen plants prefer somewhat acidic soil and soil that has lots of organic matter worked in.
This attractive shrubby plant is often grown in woodland gardens, rock gardens, along foundations or as a complement to other acid-loving shrubs such as azaleas, rhododendrons, and blueberries.