Five Awesome Ground Covers You Shouldn't Overlook

Posted on: 18 September 2015

Ground covers are one of the most overlooked plant types. These little guys can fill all of your awkward spaces, fight weeds, and grow where grass dares not tread. Learning which ground covers will work best for you will make your gardens prettier and help fight erosion.

Leadwort

While leadwort may not earn points for its name, it earns some serious points for how pretty it is. For most of the year, leadwort has dark green to bronze colored leaves with vibrant blue flowers. When fall arrives, leadwort's foliage gradually shifts to being a brilliant red. You should plant leadwort along the bottom of shrubs or let it romantically spill over rocks in your garden.

Creeping Phlox

Creeping phlox form a dense mat of green foliage that is great for pathways. This is one tough ground cover and should be used between stones on a path or be allowed to spill over stone borders. In the spring, this ground cover can display white, pink, or lavender-hued flowers. Over time, the stems of creeping phlox can become tough and woody. If you prefer your creeping phlox to have softer stems, you will have to prune back the woodier stems to encourage new growth.

Bugleweed

This ground cover has lovely, blue-green leaves and even bluer blooms. Bugleweed is a fan of wet conditions, and is particularly fond of growing under trees. As many grass varieties struggle to grow in shaded areas, bugleweed is a great solution for any bare patches you have in your landscape. To ensure you get many blue blooms from this ground cover, keep it well watered. Bugleweed is the first choice to combat erosion because of its fast spreading nature.

Stonecrop

This ground cover features pale green leaves and small yellow flowers, and in the fall its green leaves turn red. This is the sturdiest ground cover you'll find. Stonecrop can thrive in the poorest of soil conditions and can handle drought with ease. Stonecrop's ideal placement is in a rock garden, and many gardeners joke that only a rock would need less care than a stonecrop plant. Planting stonecrop is exceptionally easy and can be done just by laying the plant on top of where you want it to grow.

Deadnettle

Deadnettle is seen as a lawn alternative, and doesn't sting like other nettles. This ground cover has silver leaves that are edged with green. During the spring, pastel-pink flowers come into view. Deadnettle prefers rocky and well-drained soil, though it performs best when planted on a layer of compost. 

Speak with a representative from a service like All Season Landscaping for more ground cover ideas.

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