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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. Also, you can find fast growing, evergreen, and drought tolerant groundcovers listed.
See our feature on Vinca Major & Vinca Minor
The lists in this area will help with your selection of shade groundcovers. We have added lists that are particular to the hard to fill shade areas.
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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."
The only maintenance required is to snip off the runners or simply walk on the plants.
many gardeners relied on ground covers to serve some of the same functions as mulch
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 the yard. If you have areas with many happy astilbes or hostas, why not plant more to create a ground cover?