A good ground cover plant provides a rapid, dense cover, to suppress germination and development of weed seeds and to eliminate the need for weed control measures.
Such plants are usually evergreens or have densely twiggy growth.
This video shares tips for selecting, planting and growing low-maintenance ground cover.
Whatever ground-covering plants are used, some weed control will be necessary until the young plants have established and formed a cover (good soil fertility is therefore very important). They will also need to be kept watered during dry spells in the first season or two, especially if positioned under trees.
Do you have portions of landscape where grass won’t grow because of too much shade, foot traffic or erosion? This video shows you how a plant like Winter Creeper makes an effective and low-maintenance ground cover alternative!
Top 5 ground cover plants:
- Hebe pinguifolia ‘Pagei’
- Pachysandra terminalis ‘Variegata’
- Vinca minor ‘Atropurpurea’
- Bergenia ‘Silberlicht’
- Rubus tricolor
Vinca Minor – Periwinkle is a very useful evergreen groundcover. It blooms in early Spring with purple flowers, giving it the Periwinkle name.