The term "groundcover" includes low-growing plants that never reach more than a couple of inches in height as well as others that might grow as tall as two feet or more. Most of these plants spread easily, which is why they're called "groundcovers."
Just about any spreading perennial can be used as a ground cover, and even clump-formers can be planted en-masse to create the same effect. Begin your search for ground covers by observing what grows well now in your yard. If you have areas with many happy astilbes or hostas, why not plant more to create a ground cover?
It is important to choose the right ground cover to fit your needs and the site requirements. Our groundcover sections are organized according to requirements such as evergreen, paths and drought tolerant to make your selection process easier.
The only maintenance required is to snip off the runners or simply walk on the plants. Many gardeners have relied on ground covers to serve some of the same functions as mulch
Groundcovers for Sun
We have put together a number of lists to help you in your selection of groundcovers. This first section includes groundcovers that thrive in sun.
You will find lists for groundcovers that can be used to create paths or become a lawn substitute, in addition to fast growing, evergreen, and drought tolerant groundcovers for sun.
See our feature on Vinca Major & Vinca Minor
Helps for finding Groundcovers for Sun
Groundcovers for Shade
The lists below will help with your selection of shade groundcovers. We have added lists that are particular to the hard to fill shade areas.