3 Benefits of Garden Ground Cover Plants
4. Low-growing flowers on groundcovers are a source of pollen for bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects.
Tips for Planting Ground Cover Plants
- Remove grass and weeds before planting.
- Arrange your plants in a staggered pattern, instead of rows and columns.
- Most ground cover should be planted 6-12 inches apart so they will fill in the area faster. But it’s always a good idea to check the plant label in case the plant you choose needs to be spaced closer or further apart.
- Dig a hole as deep as the plant’s root ball and plant the perennial.
Growing Ground Cover Plants
There are a few steps that are key to planting ground cover.
Water your groundcover plants until they are well-established.
Adding a two-inch layer of mulch around the new ground cover plants will save you time.
The mulch will keep the moisture in the soil, so you won’t have to water the plants as often. The other time-saving reason to mulch is it prevents weeds from sprouting between the ground cover plants until they spread and fill the area. Once the ground cover fills the planted area, weeds are less likely to grow. Until then, you can prevent weeds from getting a foothold among the new plants by pulling them by hand or applying a preemergent herbicide.
Some low-growing flowers that spread need a trim once a year.
Ground Cover Plants Full Sun
|Potentilla, Spring Cinquefoil
A reliable ground cover for hot, dry locations.
This ground-hugging plant tolerates light foot traffic.
|Irish Moss, Pearlwort
A moss-like carpet that has tiny white flowers in summer.
A splendid choice for adding soft texture to the landscape.
|Creeping Stonecrop, Sedum ‘John Creech’
Great for hot, dry locations and keeping weeds under control.
|Red Creeping Thyme
One of the best thymes for long-lasting interest and color. Attracts
butterflies to the garden.
This creeping plant forms a fragrant mat of gray-green leaves and dainty pink flowers.
A durable, drought-tolerant ground cover plant that withstands moderate foot traffic.
|Miniature Creeping Thyme
Put this charming plant in a spot where the fragrant leaves can be enjoyed. Attracts bees.
Ground Cover Plants Sun or Shade
|Ajuga, Carpet Bugleweed
A quick-spreading groundcover with green, purple or multi-color leaves.
|Blue Star Creeper, Pratia
Forms a lush mat of fine leaves that is topped by starry flowers. Tolerates drought.
|Periwinkle, Vinca minor
Attractive blue blooms contrast nicely with the glossy, dark green leaves.