Mahonia Aquifolium Apollo ground cover is undemanding and will perform well in almost any relatively moist soil so long as it is well-drained. Do water them when they are first planted and getting established. They are happiest in partial shade but will still perform well in sun or full shade. Every few years cut back to just above ground level after flowering to encourage bushy growth and stop it becoming leggy and apply a generous mulch around the base of the plant.
As a rough guide when planting Mahonia Aquifolium Apollo as ground cover – 4 plants per square metre is adequate with a little patience, 6 will give better coverage, and 9-12 will make a weed supressing carpet very quickly.
How to grow Mahonia Aquifolium Apollo
Position: Full sun, dappled shade, partial shade
Soil and site: Poor/dry but well drained
Flowering time: March to April
Growth rate: Moderate/fast
Ultimate height and spread: Height to 80cm, spread to 120cm.
Hardiness: Hardy once established
Aftercare: Every second year after flowering prune specimens grown as groundcover to just above ground level to encourage bushy growth and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant