Gardens

Flowering Ground Cover: 5 Varieties

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Flowering ground cover can give a fresh and natural look to any garden or area of the lawn. There are a seemingly endless amount of flowering ground cover plants. The type of groundcover you use depends on your planting region, specific planting needs, space available and personal preference. Some groundcovers are evergreen, providing color year-round, while others are perennial and return each year. Groundcovers are excellent if you have an area in your landscape that is barren, or one where you cannot grow grass. Groundcovers are notoriously forgiving and will thrive in poor soil and require minimal care.

TIP: Our expert gardening advisor, Susan Patterson adds, "Choose groundcovers that are appropriate for your growing conditions. Provide new plants plenty of water until they are established."

5 Popular Groundcover Plants

1. Creeping Phlox - Phlox puts on a spring show that lights up the garden. Popular varieties are white, red, blue, or pink. Needle-like foliage is a dark green and semi-evergreen. This easy to grow perennial groundcover thrives in even the poorest of soils. Creeping phlox thrives in USDA zones 3 to 9.

2. Monkey Grass - Monkey grass is also known as liriope, mondo grass and snakesbeard. This Asian native is drought tolerant and very hardy. Great for keeping weeds at bay and for beautiful garden borders, monkey grass ranges from 10 to 15 inches in height and has lavender spiky blooms in the summer and pretty berries in the fall. Plant monkey grass in full or part sun for best results. Monkey grass is suitable for USDA zones 6 to 11.

3. Sweet Woodruff - Gardeners in USDA zones 4 to 8 can enjoy this fragrant garden groundcover. This pretty, low-growing plant requires minimal care and sports dainty white flowers in the spring. Plant this one where you can enjoy the fresh aroma and beautiful flowers. Dry the foliage for craft projects or potpourri.

4. Brass Buttons - If you want a groundcover that forgives foot traffic, brass buttons is the perfect choice. Growing only to 6 inches tall, this plant has fine textured foliage and bronze colored flowers that look like buttons. This interesting groundcover thrives in USDA zones 4 to 7 and prefers well-drained soil and full sun.

5. Lilly-of-the-Valley - Considered one of the easiest groundcovers to grow, lilly-of the-valley is perfect for that shady spot where nothing else will grow. It spreads quickly, so be sure to give it plenty of room. Mature plant height is 8 inches and this fragrant plant has dainty white flowers and dark green foliage

TIP: Susan suggests, "Divide fast spreading ground covers to promote healthy plants."