• Lisa/GraceHill

Using groundcovers in your garden

Updated: May 6, 2021

I love groundcover plants! I have a huge woodland garden and have been using ground covers for years. They are so easy to grow, practical and add color and texture to your garden.

One of the main reasons to use a ground cover is for weed control. They will spread, forming a dense mass that stops weeds from coming through and when you have a garden as large as this it is a great help.

The above photo shows a combination of Sweet Woodruff, which has little white flowers, and the blue flower stalks of Ajuga covering a large area under a Japanese maple.

Here is a list of some of my favorites:

This is Pachysandra. This plant is so easy - it's evergreen, really hardy and has little white flowers in the spring.

Liliy-of-the-valley. I have this corralled with edging because it can take over and there are plants next to it but I love the fragrant flowers and it has fall color and berries.

One of my favorites! Sweet Woodruff. Masses of fragrant white flowers in the spring and a tidy growing habit.

Ajuga. I am a big fan of blue and really enjoy when this blooms. When the flowers fade you have a tidy green carpet.

Bishop's Weed is the common name for this groundcover and it can be weedy, taking over an area pretty quickly. I like the variegated leaves though and try to keep it somewhat controlled in my garden but if you have a large area, feel free to let it go.

Native groundcovers. In this photo is both native Bleeding Heart and native Solomon Seal. Very pretty little plants, spread quite easily and Bloom in the spring. The only problem with them is they are ephemeral, dying back with the heat of the summer. I let them spread wherever they want.

A favorite that I don't grow - Vinca. This plant is viney, running overground and producing pretty flowers in the spring. It is also evergreen and quite easy to grow.

There are plenty more varieties of ground cover plants - some for hot sun which I don't have here in my garden. Check out your local Nursery to find the plants that will work best for your setting. Plant them a foot apart and water them regularly until they are established.

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