Ground covers are any plants that grow over an area of ground to provide protection from erosion and drought, and to improve its aesthetic appearance by concealing bare earth.
They can come in the form of creeping vines, low-growing perennials, or clumping shrubs and grasses. They can replace a lawn by being less maintenance and using less water. Along with showy blooms, they can have attractive deciduous or evergreen foliage.
Some form clumps that will eventually form a solid mat, while others can spread by underground runners. Most can’t take foot traffic, so plan accordingly.
Knowing the right ground cover for your situation is very important. Do you have sun or shade? Good nutritious soil or poor sandy and rocky soil? Let us help you decide what is best for your landscape.