Great Groundcovers

Jul 27, 2012

Think ‘outside the box’ and plant tough groundcovers where it is hard to mow or grow flowers.

Many groundcovers can usually survive the toughest of conditions.  Note I said usually. All living things will eventually give up the ghost.  To make these hellstrip workhorses even more praiseworthy, I’m recommending those that are also drought-tolerant.  Now let’s give the following a standing ovation. (pictured Creeping phlox)

Sun Loving Groundcovers:

Catmint (Nepeta), especially shorter cultivars

Creeping phlox (phlox stolonifera) pictured above

Creeping Sedums like ‘Dragon’s Blood’ and ‘Angelina’

Geranium sanguineum

Lamb’s Ear (Stachys)

Low-growing varieties of Yarrow (Achillea)

Snow-in-Summer (Cerastium pictured)


Shade Loving Groundcovers:

Astilbe chinensis ‘Pumila’

Bugle Weed (Ajuga)

Dead Nettles (Lamium)

Foam Flowers (Tiarella cordifolia)



Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum)

Sweet Woodruff (Galium)


Yellow Archangel (Lamium galeobdolon)Whatever groundcover you choose, give it a leg up by loosening the top few inches of soil and scratching in some compost or manure before planting.  A sprinkle of an organic time-released fertilizer such as Plant-Tone wouldn’t hurt either.  Provide them with a little extra water their first season as they settle in and you’ll be generously repaid for your kindness the following year.