Q. Are there any groundcovers that remain evergreen during the winter?
A. There are a few groundcovers that are recommended for Midwest gardens that stay green during winter. However, whether or not a groundcover remains evergreen sometimes will depend on winter temperatures and snow cover. Unusually cold temperatures combined with a lack of protecting snow cover will sometimes cause plants to die back to the ground. This should not affect the general health of the plant and new growth will be produced in the spring. Two popular evergreen groundcovers are Japanese spurge (Pachysandra terminalis) and English ivy (Hedera helix). Some popular cultivars of English Ivy are 'Thorndale' and 'Bulgaria'. A commonly grown Japanese spurge is 'Green Carpet'.