Ground Covers

Ground covers, one of the most useful and labour saving types of plants for your landscape design are prized for their ability to form a thick carpet of growth where many other types of plants can’t grow.

Ground covers can act as a substitue for a lawn in heavily shades areas, under trees with shallow roots or in dry or wet spots or provide colour, texture and interest to large areas of your garden border. They prevent the spread of weeds, reduce evaporation and prevent soil evasion from wind or run-off.

Choose from a wide variety for almost any growing condition in an assortment of foliage colours and textures – many producing beautiful flowers.

 


Common Name    Category  
Botanical Name   Light Requirements  
Zone  


  
Alyssum Wonderland Blue (Lobularia maritima 'Wonderland Blue')
Dwarf, ground cover plant. Fragrant blue flowers. Great for edging.
Height & Width: 8cm T x 25cm W
Light Requirements: Part Shade
Zone:

  
Alyssum Wonderland White (Lobularia maritima 'Wonderland White')
Dwarf, ground cover plant. Fragrant white flowers. Great for edging.
Height & Width: 8cm T x 25cm W
Light Requirements: Part Shade
Zone:

  
Avalanche Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Avalanche')
White-striped foliage flushed with pink and cream-coloured flowers make an accent for the garden.
Height & Width: 1.5m T x .6m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 5

  
Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens')
Black-purple foliage remains evergreen where hardy. Ideal in rock gardens or mixed borders.
Height & Width: 25cm T x 30cm W
Light Requirements: Sun or Shade
Zone: Zone 6

  
Blue Fescue (Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue')
Small mounds of tufted blue-gray, finely textured grass. Use as ground cover or edging.
Height & Width: 20cm T x 46cm W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 4

  
Blue Lyme Grass (Leymus arenarius 'Blue Dune')
Bright blue grass tolerates heat, humidity, salt and drought. Use in gardens or for naturalizing.
Height & Width: 61cm T x 91cm W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 4

  
Blue Oat Grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens)
Powder-blue foliage is ideal in the mixed garden or as edging. Graceful flower stems add interest.
Height & Width: 60cm T x 40cm W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 4

  
Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)
Lovely low woodland ground cover with leaves and eggshell-white blossoms. Prefers moist soil.
Height & Width: 13cm T x 30cm W
Light Requirements: Shade
Zone: Zone 2

  
Calgary Carpet Juniper (Juniperus sabina 'Monna')
Low, spreading habit and soft green foliage. Use for rock gardens, foundations, ground cover.
Height & Width: 25cm T x 1.2m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 3

  
Frost Grass (Spodiopogon sibiricus)
Bold foliage ages to a reddish-purple in fall. Bamboo-like appearance. Suitable for water's edge.
Height & Width: 1.5m T x .9m W
Light Requirements: Sun or Shade
Zone: Zone 5