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7 Herbaceous perennial groundcovers (with pictures)

This article is all about herbaceous perennial groundcovers. It answers the most common questions customers ask about groundcovers and how to use them. Plus, we include a list of seven Herbaceous Perennial groundcovers along with a few bonus plants. Keep reading to learn more about these useful garden plants. 

What is a herbaceous perennial?

Herbaceous perennials are plants that grow vegetation, bloom, seed, and grow back the following year. Though the vegetation dies in winter, the plant will regrow from its roots the following spring and summer. 

Annuals are plants that grow vegetation, flower, seed, and die off. Because annuals only last one grow season, they are not recommended for use as a groundcover.

What is a groundcover?

A groundcover is a plant that is low-growing and covers the ground. It may not be able to be seen readily from above. Its purpose is to, as its name implies, cover the ground. Groundcovers also help to prevent soil erosion.

A herbaceous perennial groundcover will return yearly and maintain its low-growing habit. 

Why plant a groundcover? 

Herbaceous perennial groundcovers are both functional and attractive.

Adding a herbaceous perennial groundcover to your garden can fill in empty patches giving your garden a fuller look. Groundcovers add beauty and can help elevate the overall appearance of your outdoor space.

Functionally, they serve as a means to limit erosion and improve soil health. They also act as a living mulch by keeping your soil moist and limiting the presence of weeds.

Where can I plant groundcovers?

  • Under trees and shrubs to reduce mowing
  • In empty patches in the garden
  • As a lawn replacement
  • Herbaceous perennial groundcovers can serve as a mulch alternative
  • If you want to see them up close, plant them in containers and hanging baskets
  • There are herbaceous perennial groundcovers that grow best in shade, sun, or somewhere in between

7 Herbaceous Perennial Groundcovers

Here is a list of herbaceous perennial groundcovers. Some are flowering, others are foliage plants. This list has a groundcover for every garden. Here is a list of seven herbaceous perennial groundcovers:

Ajuga Reptans

Ajuga reptans has lovely spikes of purple flowers when in bloom. It does well at filling bare patches while eliminating weed growth. Because it prefers full sun, it does best as an edging groundcover or in spaces where it won't be shaded out by other plants. This pollinator friendly groundcover can also make a great plant for hanging baskets. 

Zones: 3 to 9
Sun exposure: Full sun
Mature height: up to 8 inches
Water: Average 
Best for front of borders, containers, and as a groundcover

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Vinca Minor

Vinca minor is a herbaceous perennial groundcover that has drifts of beautiful, purple flowers. It is a good spreader, so plant it in places you want to fill in quickly. It looks great in borders and can even be grown as a container plant. Additionally, vinca minor attracts pollinators and other beneficial insects.

 

Zones: 4 to 9
Sun exposure: Full sun
Mature height: up to 8 inches
Water: Average
Best for front of borders, containers, and as a groundcover

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Fan Clubmoss

This woodland plant thrives in shade. Fan clubmoss is a herbaceous perennial groundcover that can be planted under trees or shrubs. It looks great in woodland gardens and creates and creates a green carpet of texture wherever its planted. Fan clubmoss pairs well with ferns and can be planted in alpine gardens.

Zones: 4 to 9
Sun exposure: part sun to part shade
Mature height: up to 6 inches
Water: average 
Best for woodlands, shaded gardens, alpine gardens, under trees or shrubs, and in containers

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Partridgeberry

The partridgeberry is an evergreen herbaceous perennial groundcover. It has dark, waxy green leaves that add a deep lush appearance to gardens. Because of its trailing vines, the partridgeberry can make an attractive spilling container plant. It also makes excellent decoration for winter when cut. 

Zones: 3 to 9
Sun exposure: part sun to part shade
Mature height: up to 4 inches
Water: average 
Best for woodlands, shaded gardens, under trees or shrubs, and in containers

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Wintercreeper

Wintergreen is a herbaceous perennial groundcover that has ovate leaves. It can tolerate a wide range of soils and looks great in woodland gardens. Because it's a good spreader, it can cover a large, bare area quickly. Wintercreeper is low maintenance and reduces weed growth; a benefit to any gardener!

Zones: 3 to 9
Sun exposure: part sun to part shade
Mature height: up to 6 inches
Water: average
Best for woodlands, under trees or shrubs, and in containers

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European Ginger

The European ginger is a herbaceous perennial groundcover with lush waxy foliage. Despite its name, the European ginger is not edible. It grows in clumps and keeps the soil moist and weed-free. It's low maintenance and will provide season-long interest in your outdoor space

 

Zones: 4 to 8
Sun exposure: part shade to full shade
Mature height: up to 8 inches
Water: medium to wet
Best for woodlands, shaded gardens, under trees or shrubs, and in containers

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Wild Ginger

The wild ginger belongs to the same genus as the European ginger. Its lime green foliage grows in whorls across the ground. This plant does an exceptional job at carpeting bare pots in the garden. Aside from improving soil conditions, it gives a natural look to the garden-- what's not to love?


Zones: 4 to 8
Sun exposure: Full shade
Mature height: up to 6 inches
Water: average to wet
Best for woodlands, shaded gardens, under trees or shrubs, and in containers

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Ground Cover Mixed Pack (25 Plants)

If you can't decide on which groundcover you want, or if you like many of them, this option may be for you. Why settle on just one plant?

In this pack, Tennessee Nursery will send you 25 herbaceous perennial groundcovers. This may include grasses, mosses, and other flowering perennials. Our horticultural specialist will cater the pack to match your USDA growing zone. 

Check out the product page for the Ground Cover Mixed Pack (25 Plants) here

Bishop's Weed

While the bishop's weed is not technically a groundcover, it still has a lovely blanket habit like a groundcover. Its foliage grows to around 12 inches and when it blooms, the tall, thin flower stems poke up into the sky at 3 feet or less. It offers interest for most of the year, keeping the soil moist. Also, its striking variegated foliage is eye-catching and creates a sense of depth in the garden. 

Zones: 4 to 9
Sun exposure: Sun or shade
Mature height: up to 3 feet

Water: average to wet
Best for woodlands edge, borders, and containers

 

We hope this list has given you some ideas for your garden. Many of these groundcovers can be divided in subsequent years, so few plants will go a long way in time. Having herbaceous perennials in the garden is cost and time effective. Not only does it reduce your time pulling weeds, but it adds fullness to beds and borders with little maintenance. 

If you have any questions about herbaceous perennial groundcovers, or any other plants, please reach out to us! We love to talk about plants with anyone who is interested.

Vinca Minor

Vinca Minor

The Vinca Minor has lush and evergreen foliage and delicate blue or white flowers make it a popular choice for various outdoor spaces. While its benefits extend beyond its use in herbalism, let's explore its landscaping advantages. One of the standout features of vinca minor is its ability to create a dense, low-maintenance ground cover. Its trailing stems form a thick mat that effectively suppresses weed growth, reducing the need for frequent weeding and minimizing soil erosion. This makes it an excellent solution for areas prone to weed infestations or soil erosion, such as slopes and under trees. Furthermore, it is known for its adaptability to various light conditions. It can thrive in shade and partial sun, making it a versatile option for different landscaping environments. This adaptability allows it to fill spaces where other plants might struggle to grow, bringing life to underutilized or challenging areas in your garden. Its evergreen nature ensures it remains visually appealing throughout the year. Its glossy leaves retain their vibrant green color even during the colder months, providing a reliable backdrop for other seasonal plants and flowers. This feature adds a touch of consistent beauty to your landscape, enhancing its visual and curb appeal. As an added advantage, our vinca minor plants for sale are relatively low-maintenance once established. It requires minimal pruning and is generally resistant to pests and diseases, reducing the need for frequent intervention. This makes it ideal for homeowners who want an attractive landscape without investing excessive time and effort into upkeep. In addition to its practical benefits, it also offers a sense of nostalgia and charm. Its traditional appearance and widespread use in landscapes give it a timeless appeal that can evoke feelings of familiarity and comfort. In conclusion, our vinca minor plants for sale are a remarkable landscaping plant that offers a range of benefits beyond its herbal uses. Its ability to create a dense ground cover, adapt to various light conditions, provide year-round visual interest, and require minimal maintenance make it a valuable addition to any outdoor space. It is a versatile and attractive landscaping choice, whether used to control weeds, add visual appeal, or fill challenging areas. Get your Vinca Minor at TN Nursery Vinca minor, commonly known as the periwinkle or lesser periwinkle, is a charming, evergreen ground cover plant that has captivated gardeners and nature enthusiasts for centuries. This delightful perennial herbaceous plant belongs to the Apocynaceae family and is native to Europe, specifically in regions from Portugal to the Ukraine. Vinca minor's beauty lies in its elegant simplicity and power to prosper in various garden settings.  Standing at a petite height of only 6-8 inches, its compact stature makes it an excellent choice for ground cover, especially in shaded or woodland areas. Its glossy, dark green leaves are small and elliptical, arranged in pairs along trailing stems that sprawl gracefully over the ground. These leaves provide a lush carpet of greenery, creating a tranquil atmosphere in any garden. If you have any questions about our vinca minor plants for sale, please feel free to contact us. Periwinkle Vinca Minor Is a Beautiful Flowering Vine One of its most enchanting features is its lovely blooms, which appear in early spring and continue throughout the summer. The flowers are gorgeous, with five delicate petals in shades of periwinkle blue, lavender, or white, depending on the cultivar. These blooms are visually appealing and attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, adding to the garden's ecological diversity.  What makes it particularly special is its adaptability. This plant thrives in various soil types, from sandy to clayey, and can tolerate full and partial sun, although it performs best in shaded areas. Its capability to extend and form a dense mat makes it an excellent choice for erosion control on slopes or as a ground cover underneath trees where other plants labor to grow.  Vinca minor's low-maintenance nature makes it a favorite among gardeners, as it requires minimal care once established. With proper watering and occasional pruning to control its spread, this charming perennial can bring a touch of elegance and tranquility to gardens, making it a timeless classic in landscaping. Whether used as a ground cover or in hanging baskets, its enduring appeal and beauty continue to make it a cherished addition to gardens worldwide. 

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Vinca Minor

Vinca Minor

The Vinca Minor has lush and evergreen foliage and delicate blue or white flowers make it a popular choice for various outdoor spaces. While its benefits extend beyond its use in herbalism, let's explore its landscaping advantages. One of the standout features of vinca minor is its ability to create a dense, low-maintenance ground cover. Its trailing stems form a thick mat that effectively suppresses weed growth, reducing the need for frequent weeding and minimizing soil erosion. This makes it an excellent solution for areas prone to weed infestations or soil erosion, such as slopes and under trees. Furthermore, it is known for its adaptability to various light conditions. It can thrive in shade and partial sun, making it a versatile option for different landscaping environments. This adaptability allows it to fill spaces where other plants might struggle to grow, bringing life to underutilized or challenging areas in your garden. Its evergreen nature ensures it remains visually appealing throughout the year. Its glossy leaves retain their vibrant green color even during the colder months, providing a reliable backdrop for other seasonal plants and flowers. This feature adds a touch of consistent beauty to your landscape, enhancing its visual and curb appeal. As an added advantage, our vinca minor plants for sale are relatively low-maintenance once established. It requires minimal pruning and is generally resistant to pests and diseases, reducing the need for frequent intervention. This makes it ideal for homeowners who want an attractive landscape without investing excessive time and effort into upkeep. In addition to its practical benefits, it also offers a sense of nostalgia and charm. Its traditional appearance and widespread use in landscapes give it a timeless appeal that can evoke feelings of familiarity and comfort. In conclusion, our vinca minor plants for sale are a remarkable landscaping plant that offers a range of benefits beyond its herbal uses. Its ability to create a dense ground cover, adapt to various light conditions, provide year-round visual interest, and require minimal maintenance make it a valuable addition to any outdoor space. It is a versatile and attractive landscaping choice, whether used to control weeds, add visual appeal, or fill challenging areas. Get your Vinca Minor at TN Nursery Vinca minor, commonly known as the periwinkle or lesser periwinkle, is a charming, evergreen ground cover plant that has captivated gardeners and nature enthusiasts for centuries. This delightful perennial herbaceous plant belongs to the Apocynaceae family and is native to Europe, specifically in regions from Portugal to the Ukraine. Vinca minor's beauty lies in its elegant simplicity and power to prosper in various garden settings.  Standing at a petite height of only 6-8 inches, its compact stature makes it an excellent choice for ground cover, especially in shaded or woodland areas. Its glossy, dark green leaves are small and elliptical, arranged in pairs along trailing stems that sprawl gracefully over the ground. These leaves provide a lush carpet of greenery, creating a tranquil atmosphere in any garden. If you have any questions about our vinca minor plants for sale, please feel free to contact us. Periwinkle Vinca Minor Is a Beautiful Flowering Vine One of its most enchanting features is its lovely blooms, which appear in early spring and continue throughout the summer. The flowers are gorgeous, with five delicate petals in shades of periwinkle blue, lavender, or white, depending on the cultivar. These blooms are visually appealing and attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, adding to the garden's ecological diversity.  What makes it particularly special is its adaptability. This plant thrives in various soil types, from sandy to clayey, and can tolerate full and partial sun, although it performs best in shaded areas. Its capability to extend and form a dense mat makes it an excellent choice for erosion control on slopes or as a ground cover underneath trees where other plants labor to grow.  Vinca minor's low-maintenance nature makes it a favorite among gardeners, as it requires minimal care once established. With proper watering and occasional pruning to control its spread, this charming perennial can bring a touch of elegance and tranquility to gardens, making it a timeless classic in landscaping. Whether used as a ground cover or in hanging baskets, its enduring appeal and beauty continue to make it a cherished addition to gardens worldwide. 

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Fan Clubmoss

Fan Clubmoss

A low-growing, evergreen plant with densely packed, needle-like leaves that form a distinctive, fan-like appearance and often cover forest floors. It is a unique and versatile plant with various landscaping benefits. Its distinctive appearance and adaptability make it a popular choice for enhancing the aesthetics and functionality of outdoor spaces. Unlike its name may suggest, it is not a true moss but a primitive vascular plant belonging to the Lycopodiaceae family.  Fan Clubmoss thrives in various environments One of the primary advantages of incorporating it into landscaping is its ability to adapt to different soil types, light conditions, and moisture levels, making it an ideal choice for gardens, parks, and other landscape projects. Its low-maintenance nature allows landscape designers to use it in areas that are difficult to access or where traditional landscaping methods may not be feasible. Its dense and lush foliage provides excellent ground cover, effectively suppressing weed growth and erosion. Its mat-forming habit creates a carpet-like effect, giving landscapes a uniform and visually appealing appearance. As a result, it is commonly used to prevent soil erosion, making it an eco-friendly choice for landscape erosion control projects. In addition to its aesthetic benefits, it also serves a functional purpose in landscaping. Due to its ability to keep moisture, it acts as a natural water reservoir, contributing to water conservation in the landscape. This characteristic makes it particularly useful in drought-prone areas where water conservation is a priority. The plant can create a habitat for beneficial insects and small wildlife. Its dense and sheltered foliage offers nesting sites and protection for insects like ground beetles and spiders, which help to control harmful pests in the landscape. Furthermore, small critters can attract birds and other wildlife, adding to the biodiversity and ecological balance of the environment. It is also utilized in landscaping to create striking visual accents and borders. Its vibrant green color and intricate texture add depth and interest to gardens, rockeries, and pathways. It can be used to define walkways, add borders to flower beds, or soften the edges of hardscapes, creating a natural and harmonious transition between different landscape elements. In conclusion, the fan clubmoss is a valuable asset in landscaping due to its adaptability, low-maintenance requirements, erosion control abilities, water retention properties, and contribution to biodiversity. It enhances the beauty and functionality of outdoor spaces, providing a versatile and environmentally friendly option for landscape designers and enthusiasts. Get your Fan Clubmoss from TN Nursery

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Partridgeberry Plant

Partridgeberry Plant

Partridgeberry is a low-growing, trailing evergreen plant with glossy leaves and small, white to pinkish tubular flowers, followed by bright red berries commonly found in woodland settings. It is a charming and low-growing ground cover that offers several benefits when incorporated into landscaping designs. Its evergreen nature, delicate flowers, contributions to ground cover, potential for creating naturalistic settings, and ability to add texture and variety to the landscape make it a valuable addition to outdoor spaces. One of the primary advantages of using the plant in landscaping is its evergreen foliage. Partridgeberry Plant retains its leaves the whole year, ensuring it remains visually appealing even during the colder months. This evergreen quality adds a touch of lushness and vibrancy to the garden, contributing to its beauty and allure. The delicate flowers of it contribute to its value in landscaping. The plant produces pairs of small, white, bell-shaped blooms in late spring to early summer. These dainty blooms provide a charming visual display that can be used to infuse a sense of delicacy and grace into garden settings, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal. Its role as a ground cover is another notable benefit. Its low-growing habit and spreading nature effectively suppress weed growth and cover bare ground. This ground cover capability reduces the need for frequent maintenance and adds a cohesive and polished look to garden beds and borders. The plant's potential for creating naturalistic settings adds to its value in landscaping. Its preference for shaded or partially shaded areas aligns with woodland and forest environments, making it a suitable choice for recreating the tranquility and charm of natural settings within the garden. By integrating it, landscapers can evoke the sense of a serene and enchanting woodland oasis. Furthermore, it adds texture and variety to the landscape. Its trailing stems, glossy leaves, and delicate flowers introduce a sense of dimension and complexity to garden compositions. It can create visual interest along paths, as an edging plant, or soften the edges of hardscaped features. In conclusion, partridgeberry offers a range of benefits when used in landscaping projects. Its evergreen foliage, delicate flowers, contributions to ground cover, potential for creating naturalistic settings, and ability to add texture and variety to the landscape make it a valuable asset in outdoor spaces. By thoughtfully incorporating it into landscape designs, one can create lush, enchanting, and visually captivating gardens that engage the senses and evoke a sense of natural wonder.  Order your Partridgeberry Plant from TN Nursery today Mitchella Repens, commonly called partridgeberry, is a groundcover native to the eastern United States. It has small, round, shiny, dark green leaves that retain their color and remain on the plant year-round. It produces pretty white flowers with a pleasant aroma in late spring to early summer. The flowers form in pairs, and each flower has four petals. In late summer to fall, the flowers are replaced with bright red berries that will remain over the winter, contrasting beautifully with the dark green leaves.  Uses Partridgeberry is a groundcover. It is only about 2 inches high but spreads slowly by creepers, filling in an ever-expanding area. It prefers shade and can provide beautiful color all year round underneath trees and around acid-loving bushes such as azaleas and rhododendrons. It is a very environmentally friendly plant; since it is native to the eastern U.S., many pollinating insects flock to feed on its flowers, and native birds will benefit from the berries.    Sunlight needs: Shade to part shade Preferred soil: Moist, well-drained, acidic soil with a lot of organic matter. Water and maintenance needs: No maintenance and average water needs. Once established, it can withstand short periods of drought.  How to plant  Although it is possible to grow partridgeberry from seeds, the plant naturally propagates by extending stems and growing new roots. Thus, the plant is easily transplanted by simply digging a clump of it up and re-planting it somewhere else. It can be transplanted in either spring or fall.   Prepare the soil for planting by digging in a generous amount of organic matter, such as finely shredded leaves, and checking the pH is on the acidic side. After planting, keep the soil moist but not too wet while the plant establishes itself in the new location.    Benefits  The primary use of partridgeberry is to provide an exciting splash of color and texture in shady areas. It can be used in place of mulch around the base of trees and bushes. It is almost as maintenance-free as mulch but much prettier. It offers vibrant color year-round, and its flowers and berries are good for the environment. You can now buy pots of partridgeberry plants at the low price shown. Shipping is fast nationwide.

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Wintercreeper

Wintercreeper

Wintercreeper is a versatile evergreen ground cover or climbing vine with small, oval leaves and attractive, green foliage that can turn purplish in winter; often used for landscaping. They are highly valued in landscaping for their numerous attributes that enhance the beauty and functionality of outdoor spaces. This versatile plant is prized for its evergreen nature, making it an attractive groundcover that maintains its lush green foliage throughout the year, even during the harsh winter. Let's delve into their critical attributes in landscaping: Evergreen Groundcover: One of the most notable features of these vines is their ability to provide year-round ground cover. This makes them ideal for areas requiring constant greenery, such as slopes, banks, and areas with poor soil or erosion. Their dense growth helps suppress weed growth, reducing the need for continuous maintenance and creating a visually appealing, uniform carpet of green. Excellent Vine: These vines are known for their vigorous growth and ability to climb walls, trellises, and fences. As a climbing vine, they can transform vertical surfaces into green walls, adding a touch of natural beauty to otherwise plain structures. Their adaptable nature enables them to grow in various conditions, from full sun to partial shade, making them suitable for multiple landscaping projects. Shade Tolerance: While they thrive in full sun, they also exhibit remarkable shade tolerance. This attribute makes them an excellent choice for landscaping in areas with limited direct sunlight, such as underneath trees or in the shadow of tall buildings. Growing and flourishing in shaded areas allows for more versatile landscaping designs. Low Maintenance: These vines are relatively low maintenance, making them a preferred option for homeowners and landscapers. Once established, they require minimal pruning and can adapt to different soil types and pH levels. Their resilience against pests and diseases further contributes to their ease of care. Attractive Foliage: The dense, glossy leaves add an element of elegance to any landscape. The leaves come in shades of green, ranging from dark green to variegated forms with silver or golden yellow splashes. This diversity of foliage coloration offers opportunities for creative landscaping arrangements. Wintercreeper vines are a valuable addition to landscaping In conclusion, wintercreeper vines are a valuable addition to landscaping due to their evergreen nature, adaptability as groundcover and climbing vines, shade tolerance, and low maintenance requirements. These attributes make them a popular choice for an upscale and aesthetic appeal to outdoor gardens while providing practical benefits regarding erosion control and weed suppression. Whether used as a ground cover or a climbing vine, they bring beauty and functionality to any landscape design. Buy wintercreeper vines at TN Nursery Wintercreeper, scientifically known as Euonymus fortunei, is a resilient and captivating evergreen plant with a unique charm that graces gardens, landscapes, and natural settings. Native to East Asia, this ornamental species has earned its place as a beloved addition to gardens worldwide for its aesthetic appeal, versatility, and adaptability. Wintercreeper Is A Perfect Ground-Cover At first glance, it is a low-growing, trailing plant, making it ideal for ground cover or cascading over walls and slopes. Its glossy, leathery leaves are a vibrant shade of green, providing a year-round display of lush foliage that remains unchanged even in the harshest winter conditions. These leaves are oval, showcasing an exquisite pattern of light veins, which adds to the plant's visual allure. It offers a delightful surprise in the form of inconspicuous, small, greenish-white flowers during the spring and summer. While these blooms may go unnoticed by many, they are a subtle testament to the plant's intricate beauty. As autumn approaches, the foliage takes on a mesmerizing transformation, transitioning into a striking blend of deep greens, purples, and reds that create a vivid tapestry of colors. Wintercreeper Does Great in Sun And Shade Its adaptability to diverse growing conditions distinguishes it. This hardy evergreen thrives in various environments, Whether in total sun or partisan shade, in moist or dry soils. Beyond its practical applications, it carries a certain magical aura. Its trailing vines and rich greenery enchant any garden or landscape, stimulating a sense of peace and wild beauty. It serves as a backdrop for other ornamental plants, enhancing the overall aesthetic effortlessly. In conclusion, Wintercreeper is a captivating and versatile evergreen that enchants with its year-round foliage, subtle blooms, and stunning autumn colors. Its adaptability and low-maintenance nature make it a favored option for those desiring to enhance their outdoor spaces with elegance and serenity. Whether trailing gracefully down a wall or providing ground cover in a garden, it is a testament to the enduring allure of nature's wonders.

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Wintercreeper

Wintercreeper

Wintercreeper is a versatile evergreen ground cover or climbing vine with small, oval leaves and attractive, green foliage that can turn purplish in winter; often used for landscaping. They are highly valued in landscaping for their numerous attributes that enhance the beauty and functionality of outdoor spaces. This versatile plant is prized for its evergreen nature, making it an attractive groundcover that maintains its lush green foliage throughout the year, even during the harsh winter. Let's delve into their critical attributes in landscaping: Evergreen Groundcover: One of the most notable features of these vines is their ability to provide year-round ground cover. This makes them ideal for areas requiring constant greenery, such as slopes, banks, and areas with poor soil or erosion. Their dense growth helps suppress weed growth, reducing the need for continuous maintenance and creating a visually appealing, uniform carpet of green. Excellent Vine: These vines are known for their vigorous growth and ability to climb walls, trellises, and fences. As a climbing vine, they can transform vertical surfaces into green walls, adding a touch of natural beauty to otherwise plain structures. Their adaptable nature enables them to grow in various conditions, from full sun to partial shade, making them suitable for multiple landscaping projects. Shade Tolerance: While they thrive in full sun, they also exhibit remarkable shade tolerance. This attribute makes them an excellent choice for landscaping in areas with limited direct sunlight, such as underneath trees or in the shadow of tall buildings. Growing and flourishing in shaded areas allows for more versatile landscaping designs. Low Maintenance: These vines are relatively low maintenance, making them a preferred option for homeowners and landscapers. Once established, they require minimal pruning and can adapt to different soil types and pH levels. Their resilience against pests and diseases further contributes to their ease of care. Attractive Foliage: The dense, glossy leaves add an element of elegance to any landscape. The leaves come in shades of green, ranging from dark green to variegated forms with silver or golden yellow splashes. This diversity of foliage coloration offers opportunities for creative landscaping arrangements. Wintercreeper vines are a valuable addition to landscaping In conclusion, wintercreeper vines are a valuable addition to landscaping due to their evergreen nature, adaptability as groundcover and climbing vines, shade tolerance, and low maintenance requirements. These attributes make them a popular choice for an upscale and aesthetic appeal to outdoor gardens while providing practical benefits regarding erosion control and weed suppression. Whether used as a ground cover or a climbing vine, they bring beauty and functionality to any landscape design. Buy wintercreeper vines at TN Nursery Wintercreeper, scientifically known as Euonymus fortunei, is a resilient and captivating evergreen plant with a unique charm that graces gardens, landscapes, and natural settings. Native to East Asia, this ornamental species has earned its place as a beloved addition to gardens worldwide for its aesthetic appeal, versatility, and adaptability. Wintercreeper Is A Perfect Ground-Cover At first glance, it is a low-growing, trailing plant, making it ideal for ground cover or cascading over walls and slopes. Its glossy, leathery leaves are a vibrant shade of green, providing a year-round display of lush foliage that remains unchanged even in the harshest winter conditions. These leaves are oval, showcasing an exquisite pattern of light veins, which adds to the plant's visual allure. It offers a delightful surprise in the form of inconspicuous, small, greenish-white flowers during the spring and summer. While these blooms may go unnoticed by many, they are a subtle testament to the plant's intricate beauty. As autumn approaches, the foliage takes on a mesmerizing transformation, transitioning into a striking blend of deep greens, purples, and reds that create a vivid tapestry of colors. Wintercreeper Does Great in Sun And Shade Its adaptability to diverse growing conditions distinguishes it. This hardy evergreen thrives in various environments, Whether in total sun or partisan shade, in moist or dry soils. Beyond its practical applications, it carries a certain magical aura. Its trailing vines and rich greenery enchant any garden or landscape, stimulating a sense of peace and wild beauty. It serves as a backdrop for other ornamental plants, enhancing the overall aesthetic effortlessly. In conclusion, Wintercreeper is a captivating and versatile evergreen that enchants with its year-round foliage, subtle blooms, and stunning autumn colors. Its adaptability and low-maintenance nature make it a favored option for those desiring to enhance their outdoor spaces with elegance and serenity. Whether trailing gracefully down a wall or providing ground cover in a garden, it is a testament to the enduring allure of nature's wonders.

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European Ginger

European Ginger

European Ginger is a low-growing ground cover plant that has glossy, heart-shaped leaves and produces small, inconspicuous brownish-purple flowers nestled among its dense, carpet-like foliage. It is a charming and versatile plant with several landscaping benefits. This evergreen perennial herb is native to Europe and is valued for its exotic appearance, low-maintenance nature, and various practical applications in garden design. One of the primary benefits of incorporating it into landscaping is its attractive and distinctive foliage. European Ginger features heart-shaped, glossy, deep green leaves, forming an elegant, dense ground cover. Its lush appearance adds elegance and texture to garden beds and shaded areas, making it an excellent choice for enhancing the visual appeal of landscape designs. Furthermore, it is well-suited for shaded and woodland gardens. It thrives in partial to full shade, making it a valuable addition to areas where many other plants may struggle to grow. Its adaptability to low-light conditions allows it to create vibrant and colorful displays in regions that would otherwise be difficult to cultivate. The plant is also known for its low maintenance requirements. Once established, it requires minimal care, making it a practical choice for busy gardeners or those seeking low-effort landscaping options. Its ability to spread and form dense, weed-smothering mats also reduces the need for constant weeding, making it an efficient ground cover for garden beds. Additionally, it serves as an effective erosion control plant. Its robust root system helps stabilize the soil, making it helpful in preventing soil erosion on slopes or in areas prone to runoff, protecting the earth, and preventing deterioration. In conclusion, European ginger offers numerous benefits when landscaping. Its striking foliage, adaptability to shaded areas, low-maintenance requirements, and effectiveness as an erosion control plant make it a valuable addition to various garden designs. Whether used as a ground cover in woodland gardens or to add texture and elegance to shaded areas, it is a versatile and charming plant that can enhance the beauty and functionality of the landscape. Get your European Ginger at TN Nursery today! European Ginger, known scientifically as Asarum europaeum, is a captivating perennial herbaceous plant that graces the woodlands and shady corners of Europe with its understated elegance. Its unique charm has endeared it to nature enthusiasts and gardeners. European Ginger Has Heart Shaped Foliage This unassuming herb is characterized by its heart-shaped, glossy leaves, which are an enchanting deep green and can carpet the forest floor in a lush, velvety green carpet during the spring and summer. Its leaves, marked with intriguing silver patterns, contrast the dimly lit woodland settings where it thrives. Its compact stature, typically growing no more than a foot in height, allows it to coexist harmoniously with other woodland flora, contributing to the enchanting mosaic of the forest floor. One of the most intriguing aspects of it is its unique pollination mode. Unlike many other plants, it relies on tiny, secretive insects such as beetles and flies for pollination rather than bees or butterflies. The flowers, hidden beneath the leaves, exude a subtle, earthy fragrance that beckons these discreet pollinators to its hidden blossoms. It subtly transforms as autumn descends upon the forest. Its leaves, which once formed a vibrant carpet, gradually change color to a warm, coppery hue. This transition adds a touch of rustic elegance to the woodland landscape, providing a different kind of beauty that persists through the cooler months. European Ginger Does Great In Shade Gardens It is prized in the garden for its ability to thrive in shaded areas, making it a valuable addition to any woodland garden or shady border. Its unassuming yet alluring presence makes it a perennial favorite among those who appreciate the subtleties of nature's beauty. In conclusion, European Ginger is a captivating plant with its striking foliage, unique pollination strategy, and ability to bring a touch of woodland magic to shaded garden spaces. It is a reminder that in the world of plants, beauty often lies in the understated and the unique, and European Ginger embodies both of these qualities in abundance.

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Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger is a low-growing, herbaceous perennial plant with heart-shaped leaves and unique, reddish-brown, tubular flowers that are often hidden beneath the foliage, typically found in shaded woodlands. It is a beautiful, versatile groundcover perennial that can be a valuable addition to landscaping. Here are some of its attributes and benefits when used in landscaping: Evergreen Ground Cover: Asarum species are often used as evergreen ground covers due to their low-growing, dense foliage. They form a lush carpet-like effect, making them ideal for filling gaps between larger plants or shaded areas. Shade Tolerance: It thrives in shaded or filtered shaded areas, making it an excellent choice for landscapes with limited sunlight or under the canopy of larger trees. Low Maintenance: Once established, it requires minimal maintenance, making it a convenient choice for gardeners who prefer low-maintenance landscaping. Erosion Control: The dense growth habit of wild ginger helps control soil erosion on slopes or in areas prone to erosion. Wild Ginger's heart-shaped or kidney-shaped leaves are often glossy and have a beautiful deep green color Attractive Foliage: Some species may have variegated or mottled foliage, adding visual interest to the landscape. Deer and Rabbit Resistant: Often considered deer and rabbit resistant, which can be beneficial in areas with high populations of these animals Pollinator Friendly: Inconspicuous flowers near ground level for ants to pollinate. These flowers may attract some tiny pollinators, contributing to the overall biodiversity of your landscape. Native Plant: In some regions, it may be native, making it an ecologically beneficial choice for landscaping, as it can support local wildlife and contribute to the preservation of native species. Companion Planting: This wild ginger plant can complement other shade-loving plants in a landscape design, providing a visually appealing contrast with its unique foliage. Buy Wild Ginger at TN Nursery The Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense) is a captivating and enigmatic plant that thrives in the lush woodlands of North America. Its allure lies not in its culinary or medicinal properties, nor in its invasiveness, but in the unique and intriguing features that make it a fascinating member of the natural world. The plant unveils its quiet charm in the dappled shade of eastern North American forests. This perennial herbaceous plant belongs to the Birthwort family, and its botanical characteristics set it apart from other woodland flora. It boasts heart-shaped leaves that are rich, glossy green, nestled close to the forest floor. Often measuring up to 4 inches in diameter, these leaves appear in pairs, creating a dense, verdant carpet that contrasts beautifully with the surrounding leaf litter. Wild Ginger Has Very Distinct Flowers Its solitary, velvety maroon-brown flowers distinguish the plant, which blooms close to the ground. These inconspicuous flowers, concealed beneath the leaves, reveal their intricate design only to the most observant of nature enthusiasts. The blossom's shape mimics that of a tiny, delicate jug or pipe, and its unique design is believed to have evolved for a specific type of pollination. Flies and beetles are thought to be the primary pollinators, drawn by the plant's faint but intriguing scent. The Wild Ginger's role in the forest ecosystem surpasses its striking appearance. It provides habitat and sustenance for various wildlife, serving as a shelter for small mammals and insects. The plant's low-growing foliage offers a welcoming refuge for amphibians, insects, and other denizens of the forest floor.  The plant has its mystique in the realm of folklore and traditional knowledge. Native American tribes have attributed symbolic and cultural significance to this plant, using it in rituals and ceremonies. Its leaves have been employed in conventional basket weaving and as natural dyes, adding to its cultural importance among indigenous communities. In conclusion, the Wild Ginger is a botanical treasure of North American woodlands, captivating observers with its unique leaves, intriguing flowers, and ecological role. Beyond its surface beauty, it carries cultural and historical importance, representing a quiet and harmonious presence in the intricate tapestry of the forest floor.

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Ground Covers

15 Ground Cover Favorites

Ground Cover Favorites To Adorn Hillsides, Get for Soil Erosion and Weed Control  The Nursery proudly offers you the chance to purchase a ground cover grab bag that contains ten healthy plants. This option allows each customer to have a horticulture specialist determine which ground cover plants will perform best in their U.S.D.A. growing zone.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ARE A COLLECTION OF PLANTS, NOT SPECIFIC PLANT TYPES. WE CHOOSE TYPES THAT WORK BEST FOR YOUR ZONE ACCORDING TO YOUR ZIP CODE Our horticulturists assess your zone and then hand-select your order. You will receive a surprise that includes a variety of 10 beautiful plants. T.N. Nursery specializes in growing species that are easy to care for and suitable for gardeners of every skill level. Ground Cover Grab Bag: Benefits Do you have vacant spots in your yard calling out for some color? Sure, those areas need more interest. Besides adding some curb appeal, adding ground cover plants also provides a few environmental benefits, like these:  Prevent soil erosion: Bare spots tend to compact, causing fast water runoff and wind erosion. Ground cover can help you fill in those areas and maintain your soil. Create a healthy ecosystem: Small mammals, lizards, and ground birds will gravitate toward your ground cover plants. They can escape the hot summer sun and hide their young from predators. Natural weed control: Most gardeners accept weeding as a necessary chore--but it need not be! Plant thick, dense, and fast-spreading groundcover plants. They will steal the nutrients from the weeds. Eventually, you will not need to weed manually or spray damaging chemicals.  Ground Cover Grab Bag May Include:  The ground cover grab bag can include a variety of species--we grow hundreds of different plants at T.N. Nursery, and we know just the right thing for your needs. Your order will be custom-selected to suit the growing needs of your climate.  If you are ready to be delighted and surprised, order your ten-plant groundcover grab bag today--we are eager to select your plants with love and care. 

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