Ground Cover Plants

Ajuga ground cover, Sedum ground cover, Phlox ground cover, and Sweet Woodruff ground cover are just a few of the herbs that make up ground cover plants or living mulch.

Herb ground cover plants will draw attention to the area, making it a major focal point and can help increase the value of your property. They are also low maintenance plants, no weeding!

Easy care ground covers are used on steep slopes, narrow areas, and where mowing is difficult or dangerous. It’s often used under trees to help retain moisture.

Ground cover plants can be:

  • few inches tall to a few feet tall
  • sun plants or shade plants
  • moisture loving or dry loving plants
  • aromatic, ornamental, or edible
  • annuals or perennials
  • deciduous or evergreen  

Ground cover plants are a great way to add interesting colors, flowers, and textures to the landscape. Their use is not restricted to just hard to mow areas; they can be used anywhere to help retain moisture and cut down on mowing time and provide insulation for other plants.

Many different herb plants can be used for ground cover. A few of these include: alpine strawberries, ajuga, artemisia, barberry, bellflower, bishop’s weed, candytuft, cotoneaster, dianthus, ivies, junipers, lily-of-the-valley, mints, oregano, pachysandra, phlox, sedum, thyme, vinca minor, yarrow, and yew.

Ground cover plants to help with erosion include alpine strawberries, cotoneaster, mints, and vinca minor.

Ground cover plants as an alternative to a lawn include, chamomile, English ivy, Irish moss, Scotch moss, speedwell, thyme, verbena, as well as many different wildflower mixes.

Sun ground covers include ajuga, bellflower, candytuft, creeping phlox, crown vetch, dianthus, germander, heather, ivy geranium, sedum, and yarrow.

Shade ground cover includes bishop’s hat, ferns, hostas, lily-of-the-valley, mint, sweet woodruff, vinca minor, and wintergreen.

Edible ground cover consists of chamomile, mint, dwarf rosemary, strawberry, thyme, and violet.

If you’re looking for fast spreading herbal ground covers consider African daisy, ajuga, bellflower, carmel creeper, crown vetch, mondo grass, moneywort, sedum, snow-in-mountain, verbena, and yellowroot.

Some of the most popular ground covers are ajuga ground cover, Irish moss ground cover, phlox ground cover, sedum ground cover, sweet woodruff ground cover, and thyme ground cover. 

Ground cover plants can be planted throughout the year. The best time to plant ground cover is in the spring or fall. The plants should be planted in staggered rows to achieve maximum coverage. Until the plants have spread and taken over, they will require some maintenance including weeding, mulching, fertilizing, and watering.

Tip: if you have rabbits, don’t plant verbena as rabbits love it and won’t leave it alone.

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