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.
Some weed control will be necessary until the young plants have established and formed a cover. They will also need to be kept watered during dry spells in the first season or two.
If you don’t like to see lots of bare soil in your garden – and you want to help reduce the number of weeds that keep popping up in your borders, then you want to get hold of some ground covering plants.
Top 10 Groundcover Plants
- Sedum ‘John Creech’
- Elfin Thyme
- Lotus Corniculatus ‘Plenus’
- Wooly Thyme
- Mazus reptans ‘Purple’
- ‘Blue Star Creeper’
- Irish Moss
- Scotch Moss
- Ajuga x ‘Chocolate Chip’
- Lysimachia ‘Golden Creeping Jenny’
- Hebe pinguifolia ‘Pagei’
- Pachysandra terminalis ‘Variegata’
- Vinca minor ‘Atropurpurea’- Periwinkle is a very useful evergreen groundcover. It blooms in early Spring with purple flowers, giving it the Periwinkle name.
- Bergenia ‘Silberlicht’
- Rubus tricolor
If you have portions of landscape where grass won’t grow because of too much shade, foot traffic or erosion, then this video shows you how a plant like Winter Creeper makes an effective and low-maintenance ground cover alternative!