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  


  
Prairie Blues Grass (Andropogon scoparius 'Prairie Blues')
Arching blue-gray foliage turns a vibrant gold to red in fall. Exquisite in floral arrangements.
Height & Width: 91cm T x 46cm W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 3

  
Prairie Fire Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Fire')
Blue-green stems with wine-red leaves." Red ribbons" turn a stunning red in summer.
Height & Width: 1.5m T x .6m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 4

  
Shenandoah Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah')
Green leaves age to crimson-red by early summer. Bright red flowers. Use in perennial gardens.
Height & Width: .9m T x .6m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 5

  
Strawberries and Cream Ribbon Grass (Phalaris arundinacea 'Strawberries and Cream')
White-striped foliage flushed with pink and cream-coloured flowers make an accent for the garden.
Height & Width: .9m T x .6m W
Light Requirements: Part Shade
Zone: Zone 4

  
Tufted Hair Grass Tussock Grass (Deschampsia caespitosa)
Sprays of delicate flowers range from silver/green/or purple appear early. Lovely in arrangements.
Height & Width: .9m T x .8m W
Light Requirements: Sun or Shade
Zone: Zone 4

  
Umbrella Bamboo (Fargesia murielae)
Softly cascading canopy of fine textured evergreen foliage emerges light blue, ages to yellow-green.
Height & Width: 4.3m T x 1.5m W
Light Requirements: Part Shade
Zone: Zone 5

  
Variegated Japanese Silver Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus')
Striped green and silver-white foliage. Feathery cream flowers in fall. Use for accent in borders.
Height & Width: 1.8m T x .9m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 5

  
Variegated Moor Grass (Molinia caerulea 'Variegata')
Clumps of creamy variegated leaves. Tall stalks of purple seed heads. Use for borders, accent.
Height & Width: 76cm T x 91cm W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 3