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  


  
Ladys Mantle (Alchemilla mollis)
Lime green flower clusters. Best in moist soil. Can be used as a ground cover.
Height & Width: 45cm T x 60cm W
Light Requirements: Full to Part Sun
Zone: Zone 2

  
Little Bunny Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecurioides 'Little Bunny')
Soft-textured foliage and arching, greenish-white flower plumes. Use as ground cover or borders.
Height & Width: 30cm T x 30cm W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 5

  
Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus')
Slender green leaves and a graceful, arching form. Orange fall colour. Silver plumes in late summer.
Height & Width: 1.8m T x 1.2m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 5

  
Mist Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris)
Airy clouds of flowers above mounds of glossy foliage. Tidy habit. Drought and heat tolerant.
Height & Width: 91cm T x 91cm W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 6

  
Mona Lisa Oriental Lily (Lilium orientalis 'Mona Lisa')
Fragrant pink-peach flowers are striking in the garden. Plant among perennials or ground covers.
Height & Width: 46cm T x 46cm W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 5

  
Northern Sea Oats Spangle Grass (Chasmanthium latifolium/Uniola latifolia)
Flat green spikelets on slender stems hang like dangling jewels. Green flowers change red-bronze.
Height & Width: .9m T x .6m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun or Part Shade
Zone: Zone 3

  
Pearlwort Irish Moss (Sagina subulata)
Tiny white blooms in June. Moss-like foliage. Ground cover.
Height & Width: 2cm
Light Requirements: Full to Part Sun
Zone: Zone 4

  
Pennywort (Hydrocotyle)
Lovely ground cover for ponds, streams and waterfalls where leaves and stems trail in moving water.
Height & Width: 5-15cm T x 10-20cm D
Light Requirements: Full to Partial Sun
Zone: Zone 6

  
Plume Grass Hardy Pampas Grass (Erianthus ravennae/Saccharum ravennae)
Dramatic flower plumes accent foliage with bronze fall colour. Striking appearance even in winter.
Height & Width: 3.7m T x 1.8m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 5/6

  
Porcupine Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus')
Fold-banded foliage. Coppery flower plumes are beautiful cut or dried.
Height & Width: 1.5m T x 1.2m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 4