Overview

Ground covers can be used to smother weeds, fill in areas under trees, stabilize hillsides, soften the edges of pathways and reduce evaporation. Showcased here are commonly available shade- and sun-tolerant plants.

Ground Covers Plant List

#Botanical NameCultivarCommon Name
1Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop'bugleweed
2Allium cernuumnodding onion
3Anemone coronaria 'The Bride'poppy anemone
4Selaginella kraussiana 'Aurea'trailing spikemoss
5Arenaria Montanamountain sandwort
6Armeria maritimesea thrift
7Pinus banksiana 'Schoodic'Jack pine
8Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Habari'chirimen cypress
9Cistus salviifolius 'Prostratus'sageleaf rockrose
10Dicentra Formosa 'Luxuriant'Western bleeding heart
11Helianthemum apenninum 'Henfield Brilliantsun rose
12Heuchera 'Melting Fire'coralbells
13Hosta
14Lewisia cotyledonLewisia sunset group
15Lithodora diffusa 'Grace Ward'
16Malusflowering crabapple
17Monarda fistulosamintleaf beebalm
18Saxifraga 'Purple Robe'
19Sedum Spurium 'Tricolor'variegated stonecrop
20Sedum tetractinumcreeping stonecrop
21Stachys byzantinalamb's ears
22Stachys officinalis 'Pink Cotton Candy'betony
23Thymus serpyllum 'Coccineus'creeping thyme
24Tricyrtis formosanatoad lily
25Picea omorika 'Pimoko'Serbian pine
26PolemoniumJacob's ladder
27Antennaria microphyllarosy pussy toes
28Mediterranean oregano
29Campanulabell flower
30Sedum spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco'stonecrop