Wire shrub Muehlenbeckia axillaris - for attractive winter-green cushions in the garden
The carpet wire shrub Muehlenbeckia axillaris is an undemanding winter-green ground cover that spreads like a carpet and provides attractive accents in the garden with its greenish-white star-shaped flowers
Wire shrub is filigree and wintergreen
The wire shrub is a member of the knotweed family and originally comes from Australia and New Zealand. There, it mainly lives on rocky and rubble-like surfaces. Muehlenbeckia axillaris also does very well in our climate and is an undemanding and low-maintenance ground cover that is an asset to any garden.
The wire shrub is hardy and has small roundish bräunlich-grän gefätbte flowers that remain on the shoots even in winter. The carpet wire shrub grows to a height of 5 to 10 cm and spreads like a carpet with its filigree shoots. The wire shrub forms pretty green cushions that are decorated from June to July with many small umbellate star-shaped flowers. After flowering, the small shiny black berries appear.
Easy to care for and undemanding, Muehlenbeckia is suitable for area-covering planting
The tender shoots of the plants spread quickly over the ground, partly creeping, partly upright. With sufficient planting, the ground can be completely covered after just one year. To quickly achieve an area-covering planting with the wire shrub, you should buy about 12 plants of Mühlenbeckia per square metre.
As a plant, the wire shrub is absolutely undemanding and easy to care for. It thrives excellently in normal garden soil. The soil should be well-drained and fresh. Wire shrubs are ideal ground covers for sunny to semi-shady locations and also tolerate a short dry spell in the summer.
The wire shrub should be planted in normal garden soil.
To stimulate the growth of Muehlenbeckia axillaris, the plants should be cut back in spring. Wire shrubs are also very robust when it comes to pruning. With a large area, you can easily walk over the plant pads with the lawn mower. This is why wire shrubs are sometimes even planted as a lawn substitute.
Perfect in rock gardens and stone installations
You can find a place for such a pretty ground cover as the wire shrub in almost any garden. The dense carpet-like growth makes the wire shrub perfect for keeping unwanted weeds out of beds and borders. The carpet wire shrub looks particularly good in stone gardens and as a natural cover on steps and natural stone walls.
Muehlenbeckia axillaris suits almost any garden style. The plants are particularly effective in natural gardens and in rock gardens. The wire shrub can even be used as a moss substitute in Asian-style gardens.
Wire shrubs are suitable as planting partners for many other plants. The filigree ground cover goes well with grasses and ferns, but can also be combined with flowering plants such as aster and other flowering perennials.