Ground Covers

Groundcovers, being low-growing and spreading in habit, play an important part in the landscape.

Besides their landscape beauty,they:

  • Help protect soil from erosion;
  • Prevent encroachment of weeds;
  • Conserve moisture; and
  • During periods of extreme heat, help keep lower soil temperatures.

Groundcovers can be used very successfully on narrow or oddshaped
areas which often present a maintenance problem. Some are well suited for areas where turf is
difficult to grow, as under trees which cast dense shade or on banks where mowing would be difficult.

For Shady Places:

Ajuga (Ajuga)
Bearberry (Arctostaphylos)
Dead Nettle (Lamium)
Goutweed (Aegopodium)
Hosta (Hosta)
Houttuynia (Houttuynia)
Ivy, English (Hedera)
Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria)
Lily-turf (Liriope)
Pachysandra (Pachysandra)
Phlox (Phlox stolonifera)
Wintercreeper (Euonymus)
Wintergreen (Gaultheria)
Yellow Archangel (Lamiastrum)

For Moist Spots:

Phlox, Canadian (P. diviaricata)
Speedwell, Creeping (Veronica)
Thrift (Armeria)

For Sunny Places:

Ajuga (Ajuga)
Broom, Creeping (Cytisus)
Candytuft (Iberis)
Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster)
Dianthus, Pinks (Dianthus)
Junipers (Juniperus)
Phlox, Creeping (Phlox subulata)
Rock Cress (Arabis)
Snow-in-Summer (Cerastium)
Speedwell (Veronica)
Stonecrop (Sedum)
Thyme (Thymus)

For Dry Soils:

Junipers (Juniperus)
Phlox, Creeping (P.subulata)
Rock Cress (Arabis)
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum)
Speedwell, Creeping (Veronica)
Stonecrop (Sedum)
Thyme (Thymus)

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