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  


  
Giant Chinese Silver Grass (Miscanthus floridulus 'Giganteus')
Showy, whisk like white plumes late in the season. Use for accent, borders and textural contrast.
Height & Width: 3.7m T x 1.2m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 4

  
Golden Bellflower (Campanula garganica)
Yellow foliage is accented with blue flowers. Works good as ground cover.
Height & Width: 5cm
Light Requirements: Full to Part Sun
Zone: Zone 4

  
Golden Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea')
Golden leaves on trailing stems with yellow blooms in summer. Use in baskets, pots, as ground cover.
Height & Width: 15cm T x 30cm W
Light Requirements: Shade
Zone: Zone 3

  
Golden Variegated Sweet Flag (Acorus gramineus 'Ogon')
An attractive dwarf, rush-like plant with gold and green leaves. Suitable for damp sunny borders.
Height & Width: 0.5- 1 ft T x 0.5-1 ft W
Light Requirements: Sun or Part Sun
Zone: Zone 5

  
Green Panda Bamboo (Fargesia rufa 'Green Panda')
Short, clumping bamboo grows quickly to form a fountain shape. Creates an excellent hedge.
Height & Width: 2.4m T x 1.5m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 5/6

  
Heavy Metal Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal')
Blue foliage with clouds of flowers is great for perennial or meadow gardens. Bright yellow in fall.
Height & Width: 1.5m T x .9m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 5

  
Huron Sunrise Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Huron Sunrise')
Green leaves with a silver centre welcome burgundy flowers in August. Beautiful in mass plantings.
Height & Width: 1.5m T x 1.2m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 5

  
Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron')
Green foliage varies to burgundy-red at tip. Colour intensifies with age. Use in borders, gardens.
Height & Width: 61cm T x 30cm W
Light Requirements: Sun/Part Shade
Zone: Zone 5

  
Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold')
Cascading golden foliage is slow-spreading. Delicate and airy pink flowers mature to creamy white.
Height & Width: 46cm T x 91cm W
Light Requirements: Shade
Zone: Zone 5

  
Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster')
Red-bronze flower spikes in midsummer dry to a golden buff colour. 2001 Perennial Plant of the Year.
Height & Width: 1.5m T x 60cm W
Light Requirements: Full Sun or Part Shade
Zone: Zone 4