Exquisite Perennial Groundcovers
Exceptional Groundcovers Available for your Garden:

Phlox (Phlox subulata 'Purple Beauty') Zones: 2-9, Max Height 4 in.
Purple Beauty is a gem in the spring garden with gorgeous, bright purple blooms that are sweetly fragrant. This Creeping Phlox is drought-tolerant and deer-resistant, making it very versatile in the sunny garden. It quickly spreads 12 to 18 inches over rocky soil and slopes! Bloom time: From Mid to Late Spring.

Lambs Ears (Stachys byzantina) Zones: 4-8, Max Height 15 in.
This perennial forms a nice rosette with long, elegant leaves in all directions. Deer and rabbits leave it alone, and it thrives in dry, shallow, and rocky soils. Often used as a carpet beneath other plants in the perennial or shrub border. It does a good job covering ground nicely, and where it is perfectly content, it can spread over time. It makes a good edging for paths, because the foliage is soft and very touchable. In moderate and warm climates it may be evergreen. Plants are  12 in to 15 in tall and 12 in wide.   

Blue Periwinkle (Vinca minor) Zones: 3-9,  Max Height 6 in.
Also known as Myrtle. This is probably the most popular evergreen groundcover, forming a dense mat of glossy dark green leaves, studded with bright blue flowers in spring. Very shade tolerant, the leaves will sometimes scorch in too much sun. Tolerates dry shade once plants are established. Stems root into the ground readily, and the new plants that form may be easily moved to a new location in spring or early fall. Mowing the patch low after blooming every couple of years will help to keep it thick and weed resistant. Plant 4 to 10 plants per square yard. Sun Exposure: Partial Shade or Full Shade Plant Uses & Characteristics: Good Texture/Form, Alpine & Rock, Attracts Butterflies, Drought Tolerant.

Creeping Thyme (Thymus serpyllum) Zones: 4-9, Max Height 10 in.
Enjoy the fresh smell of thyme underfoot in your garden. This easy-to-grow groundcover offers fragrant foliage and pink or white flowers in spring or summer.
Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum) Zones: 4-8, Max Height 12 in.
Sweet woodruff is the perfect groundcover for adding fragrance to your backyard. When the leaves are crushed they smell like freshly mown hay. This is one plant that isn't prone to invasiveness and tends to form well-mannered clumps.
Growing Conditions: Part to full shade and well-drained soil

Brass Buttons (Leptinella squalida 'Platt's Black' Zones: 4-7, Max Height 6 in.
Here's a great plant you probably haven't heard of. Brass buttons offers tiny, fine-textured foliage that's tinged black and button-shape, bronze-color flowers. Plus, it tolerates some degree of traffic, so you can walk on it.
Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Bishop's Weed (Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum') Zones: 4-9, Max Height 12 in.
Fast spreading bishop's weed will thrive where most other shade plants fail. Because it is so vigorous, it's best suited for shaded slopes or other areas where it has plenty of room to roam.
Tip: For extra interest, look for 'Variegata', which features cream and white splashes on green foliage.
Growing Conditions: Part to full shade and well-drained soil

Ajuga (Ajuga reptans) Zones: 3-9, Max Height 6 in.
In spring, ajuga bursts forth with spikes of blue, pink, or white flowers. The plants usually have great foliage, too: Several types are available, from the chocolate-purple foliage of 'Chocolate Chip' to the reddish-bronze foliage of 'Rubra'.
Growing Conditions: Part to full shade and moist, well-drained soil

Lamium (Lamium maculatum) Zones: 4-8, Max Height 8 in.
Lamium is an excellent, easy-care groundcover. Most types bloom through the summer, producing clusters of pink or white flowers. Even when they're not blooming, they have great silver-marked foliage that brightens up shady corners. What a beautiful alternative to a struggling lawn!
Growing Conditions: Full shade and moist, well-drained soil

Golden Moneywort (Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea') Zones: 3-7, Max Height 3 in.
Golden moneywort is a superb choice for adding color to shade, thanks to its golden foliage. Also called creeping Jenny, this is a fast-spreading plant perfect for covering lots of ground.
Growing Conditions: Part to full shade and moist soil

Epimedium (Epimedium grandiflorum) Zones: 3-9, Max Height 8 in.
Dry shade can be a tough landscaping problem. Thankfully, epimedium thrives in these conditions. There are many to choose from, but varieties to look for include 'Pierre's Purple', 'Sulphureum', and 'Lilafee'.
Growing Conditions: Part to full shade and well-drained soil

Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria majalis) Zones: 3-8, Max Height 8 in.
Beautifully fragrant, lily-of-the-valley is one of the easiest groundcovers to grow. It's perfect in the shady spot off the patio or under the big tree in the backyard. Do watch it, though: It can be a vigorous spreader.
Growing Conditions: Shade and well-drained soil

Bunchberry (commonly called Cornus canadensis) Zones: 2-7, Max Height 6 in.
Cute little white flowers cover the plants in spring. The real fun comes in autumn, when bright red fruits adorn the petite plants. The leaves also develop festive shades of bronzy-purple.
Growing Conditions: Full shade and well-drained soil

Wild Ginger (Asarum europaeum) Zones: 4-8, Max Height 4 in.
Wild ginger is prized for its glossy, heart-shape leaves and vigorous growth. While not invasive, it wastes no time forming a sizable colony in your landscape.
Growing Conditions: Part to full shade and well-drained soil

Pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis) Zones: 4-8, Max Height 12 in.
Use pachysandra to cover deeply shaded ground. This plant offers rich, dark jade foliage and little clusters of white flowers. Pachysandra will take a few seasons to establish but once at home will thrive on neglect. Plant it and ignore it: The plant is about as low-maintenance as you get.
Growing Conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil

Sedum (Sedum acre) Zones: 4-9, Max Height 3 in.
Low-growing sedums may not produce the big bang of color like their taller cousins, but it's hard to go wrong with these ultra-low-maintenance groundcovers for sunny spots. This one provides golden blooms in summer.
Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Hens-and-Chicks (Sempervivum varieties) Zones: 3-9, Max Height 4 in.
A perfect companion for sedums, hens-and-chicks is an excellent succulent for the rock garden, stone wall, or crevice in the sidewalk. Hens-and-chicks is among the lowest-maintenance of groundcovers. Just plant and enjoy.
Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Soapwort (Saponaria x lempergii 'Max Frei') Zones: 3-7, Max Height 12 in.
Soapworts are underappreciated plants. Many of them make fine groundcovers. 'Max Frei' is a low-growing, mat-forming selection that is highlighted with starry pink flowers in spring. It's an excellent choice for gardens because it tolerates summer's heat and humidity.
Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Showy Evening Primrose (Oenothera speciosa) Zones: 5-9, Max Height 24 in.
This heat-, drought-, and humidity-tolerant plant rewards you in midsummer with showy pink flowers. While it's easy growing, it does require some patience: It's one of the last groundcovers to emerge from the ground in early spring.
Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Armeria (Armeria maritima) Zones: 3-9, Max Height 8 in.
A charming plant not seen enough in gardens, armeria offers low, grassy foliage and clusters of bright pink or white flowers in late spring and early summer. For extra interest, look for 'Rubrifolia', which offers burgundy-tinged foliage.
Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata) Zones: 3-9, Max Height 8 in.
Pink, white, purple, red, and bicolors with darker-colored eyes abound in spring on this perennial groundcover. Perfect for edging sidewalks and walkways, this slow-growing perennial likes full sun and well-drained soil. Creeping phlox won't become a rowdy neighbor to the tulips, daffodils, and other spring bulbs that look charming planted with it.
Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

Barren Strawberry (Waldsteinia fragarioides) Zones: 4-8, Max Height 12 in.
Barren strawberries are native to eastern North America and are appreciated as garden plants for forming dense clumps with strawberry-like foliage and yellow flowers.
Growing Conditions: Part to full sun and moist, well-drained soil

Prostrate Veronica (Veronica prostrata) Zones: 4-8, Max Height 12 in.
This is the groundcover version of the taller, well-known veronica. Its blue flowers are a dazzling contrast to the golden foliage of cultivars such as 'Trehane' and 'Goldwell'.
Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Bloody Cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum) Zones: 4-8 Max Height 12 in.
Bloody cranesbill is named for the bright red color the foliage takes on in fall. Many varieties are available in flower colors of blue and purple. The plant spreads slowly but will eventually form broad swaths in full or part sun or shade. It's not only beautiful, but easy and carefree, too.
Growing Conditions: Part to full shade and well-drained soil

Japanese Forestgrass (Hakonechloa macra) Zones: 5-9, Max Height 24 in.
Ornamental grasses are a beautiful way to add texture to the landscape. Low-growing forms are great groundcovers -- and Japanese forestgrass is one of the best. It comes in glowing shades of gold and chartreuse, and forms flowing mounds that hug the ground.
Growing Conditions: Full to part sun, moist, well-drained soil

Leadplant (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) Zones: 5-9, Max Height 12 in.
Leadplant is an ideal groundcover if you want to put on a late-season show. It begins in late summer with beautiful, electric-blue flowers. Then in fall, the leaves turn a gorgeous shade of burgundy red.
Growing Conditions: Sun or shade and well-drained soil.

Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon japonicus) Zones: 6-10, Max Height 24 in.
A favorite of Southern gardeners, especially the intriguing purple-leaf variety. Though it looks like a dwarf grass and bears the moniker it does, mondo grass is actually more closely related to lilies.
Growing Conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil

Snow-in-Summer (Cerastium tomentosum) Zones: 3-7, Max Height 3 in.
Billowing mounds of crystalline white flowers float over snow-in-summer's silvery foliage. It makes a delightful accent to a stone wall, patio, or garden border. Snow-in-summer is able to handle a range of soil types as well.
Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil
Size: 3 inches tall

Crested Iris (Iris cristata) Zones: 3-9, Max Height 9 in.
Crested iris, sometimes known as woodland iris, is a native of eastern North America and can be found in variety of forms and patterns in blue and white. Once established, they are carefree, cheery groundcovers for the woodland garden.
Growing Conditions: Part to full shade and moist, well-drained soil

Baltic English Ivy (Hedera helix 'Baltica') Zones: 5-9, Height:  8 inches
An evergreen climbing vine or dense groundcover with beautiful deep green foliage that will cover walls, trees and fences in short order; benefits from some protection from sun and wind in winter; very adaptable and vigorous, one of the hardiest varieties
Baltic Ivy has dark green foliage. The glossy lobed leaves remain dark green throughout the winter.
Baltic Ivy is a multi-stemmed evergreen woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage. This woody vine will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. Baltic Ivy is recommended for the following landscape applications;Hedges/Screening,General Garden Use, Groundcover
Baltic Ivy will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. As a climbing vine, it tends to be leggy near the base and should be underplanted with low-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a fast rate.
This woody vine performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils, and is able to handle environmental salt.
Baltic Ivy makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers.

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