I am planting shrubs in the front of my house. The area is total shade. I plan to put this item in front of my azaleas. I need a low-growing ground cover, an evergreen, that spreads out and will not grow tall. I live in the Atlanta area. Preferably something that requires minimal care. My local nursery recommended Leucothoe, but I think that would grow too high. Do you have any recommendations for a good low-growing ground cover that loves shade, maintains some kind of leafy presence all year round and requires minimal care? Thanks.
I'd say Pachysandra (Japanese spurge) would be a good choice. It's a common groundcover, so you should have no trouble finding some. It does well in shade, it's evergreen, and it doesn't get tall. From my own experience, the old saying "First year it sleeps, second year it creeps, third year it leaps" is true for Pachysandra. The first year you plant it, it will just establish itself, the second it will start to spread, and the third (with adequate water of course) it will really start to fill in the area.
Liriope is tough, spreads into your lawn, chokes out other plants and is impossible to kill. I don't recommend it. Vinca minor will spread but is easy to pull up if you have a change of heart. Liriope is very difficult to remove.