Easy-to-grow groundcovers spread quickly and are an attractive solution for challenging areas of your landscape.
The following vigorous growers are low-maintenance, suppress weeds and add interest to your garden.
6 low-growing solutions to landscaping problems
1. Thyme. Create an aromatic green carpet with this perennial herb. Tuck thyme into cracks and crevices of stone walls and rock gardens and enjoy the pink or white summer blooms. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. Grows 10” tall and is hardy in Zones 4-10.
2. Sedum. These ultra-low-maintenance groundcovers provide four seasons of interest, even turning red in fall and winter. Fast spreading, sedum grows in even the poorest soil. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. Grows 3” tall and is hardy in Zones 4-9.
3. Sweet woodruff. As the name suggests, sweet woodruff adds an earthy aroma to your garden. This groundcover is a vigorous grower, however, it does not grow out of control. Plant in part to full shade and well-drained soil. Grows to 12” tall and is hardy in Zones 4-8.
4. Pachysandra. Plant it and forget it: Pachysandra requires little care. Use to cover slopes and shaded areas. Plus, pachysandra is the most common perennial groundcover used for deer control. Grow in shade and moist, well-drained soil. Grows 1’ tall and is hardy in Zones 4-8.
5. Creeping juniper. This evergreen groundcover can withstand severe conditions. It thrives in poor and sandy soils, toughs out drought and exceptionally hot summers. Use it to fill in slopes, hills or rocky terrain. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. Grows 6” to 2’ tall and is hardy in Zones 3-10.
6. Bishop’s weed. Another fast-spreading groundcover, bishop’s weed thrives in shade. Be careful where you plant it, though. It can be invasive and even overrun lawns. Plant in part to full shade and well-drained soil. Grows 12” tall and is hardy in Zones 4-9.
Now that you know more about your groundcover options, here’s how to plant them.