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Ground Cover Plants is the ultimate living mulch
Ground cover plants serve a variety of functions, from filling space to maintaining soil moisture levels to suppressing weeds to decorating garden beds to insulating the delicate roots of other nearby plants. This makes them a vital part of every garden. But what ground covers should you choose for your garden? Your options include pebbles and other inorganic mulches, wood chips and other organic mulches, or living mulch in the form of ground cover plants.
There are many advantages and disadvantages to each kind of mulch, but we think our living ground cover plants make the best mulch and here's why:
Ground Cover Plants fill space in a highly attractive and decorative way
Many of us wish our gardens were more extensive so we could fit more plants in. If this is you, then you'll be pleased to know you can fit more plants into your space without buying more land just by covering the soil with living mulch ground cover plants.
We stock a vast range of flowering ground covers with some that will suit USDA zones 3-10. These are a great option if you're keen to pack as much color as you can into your garden.
If maintaining year-round coverage is a priority for you, then we have a fantastic range of evergreen ground covers that will ensure there isn't a bare spot in your garden at any time of year. And again, we've got stock to suit zones 3-10.
If you want to grow a garden filled primarily with edible plants, then you can't look past our selection of berry vines, which are suitable for use as ground covers. Just imagine filling your garden with fresh, fragrant and tasty strawberries and dewberries.
So as you can see, we've got a wide range of ground cover plants to suit every garden.
Ground Cover Plants help retain soil moisture, suppress weeds and insulate nearby plant roots
Often, the primary purposes of mulch are to help retain soil moisture, suppress weeds and protect plant roots. Living mulches composed of ground cover plants do an excellent job in every case and can even do a better job of inhibiting weeds sometimes because they compete with the weeds for resources.
All our ground cover plants are suitable as living mulches
Our ground cover plants are fantastic value for money
One issue with inorganic mulches is that they're often costly. Sure they last a long time but wouldn't it be great if you could find a long-lasting mulch that was also more cost-effective?
On the other hand, many organic mulches are cheaper, but they don't last very long and continuously have to be replaced. Wouldn't it be awesome if you could find a cheap mulch that has a little more longevity?
Well, we're happy to report that we've got a whole host of ground cover plants that solve both problems. With proper care, these perennial plants live a lot longer than many organic mulches (like straw for instance), and they're cost effective too. Our ground cover plants start at $4.99 each, and we offer fantastic discounts for bulk purchase of five or more plants which is great if you want to cover an area quickly.
Underplant, every tree, and shrub with ground cover plants and you'll soon have a beautiful living mulch that protects and nourishes all its neighboring plants.
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Ground Covers Enhance a Property
The Bigfoot Geranium is a plant that blooms most frequently in spring and early summer. Its flowers are typically bright pink in color, and become red in the fall. They also have a pleasant fragrance, particularly when touched. These flowers add a great visual and olfactory appeal to any garden. The stems of this fast-growing plant can grow to be anywhere between 3 and 5 feet tall within two months. Moreover, this plant is capable of withstanding drought. When many seeds are planted nearby, they often grow together. Many types of bees, butterflies, and birds are attracted to its flowers, giving a more natural element of beauty to any lawn.
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Ground covers not only provide natural beauty, but they also prevent erosion and control weeds. They can be used to replace grass and can be planted in areas where grass won't grow.
English Ivy Plants (Hedera helix)
English ivy plants are easy to grow with vines that may reach 50 feet or more. They take off slowly the first year, but noticeable growth occurs by the second year. Use in shady, moist areas. Reinvigorate growth each spring by shearing off the tops of the plants. English ivy plants seldom need fertilizer.
Spreading Phlox Plants (Phlox subulata)
A hardy ground cover, spreading phlox plants are low-maintenance perennials, adding bursts of spring color to your landscape. Preferring full sun, spreading phlox plants will create a lush carpet of colorful flowers on a bed of moss-like greenery, with individual plants growing up to two feet wide.
Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
Vinca minor, known commonly as periwinkle, is quickly grown in full sun to partial shade. A low-maintenance ground cover, it has trailing stems with smooth, evergreen foliage and lavender-blue flowers that appear in spring and last well into fall. Vinca minor is robust and easy to naturalize.
Pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis)
Pachysandra is a sturdy, low-maintenance ground cover that produces small white flowers in the spring. It is known for its thick, dark green leaves and its tolerance of challenging growing conditions. Plant this ground cover in partial to full shade, and it will thrive where many other plants would fail.
Partridgeberry Plants (Mitchella repens)
Partridgeberry plants make up a dainty, trailing ground cover with scarlet berries that attract birds. These plants prefer fertile, moist soil, and shady locations. Their beautiful evergreen leaves and red fruit make them a must-have for the winter garden.
Ground Cover Vines Many Benefits in Landscaping
Ground covers can be an essential part of your landscaping design because of their versatility and easy maintenance. You can choose from a wide range of ground cover plants to serve several different needs. Vine plants offer certain advantages for landscaping to keep in mind.
Advantages of Ground Cover Vines
Ground cover vines can be the perfect solution for a variety of landscaping problems."
· Vining plants offer an alternative to turf grass, adding texture and interest.
· Ground cover plants provide attractive greenery to plant on hillsides or in areas where maintaining is impossible.
· Ground cover plants help stop soil erosion on prone areas and areas near water.
· Ground cover vine makes a carpet like an appearance that is lush and attractive.
· Ground cover is available in many varieties for different effects.
· Fills in bare ground areas and prevents weeds.
Hedera helix, commonly called English ivy, is a famous ground cover that provides evergreen, 9-inch high foliage that's both attractive and easy to maintain. It can tolerate a variety of soil types and can grow in either moist or dry conditions. However, it should be removed from trees to protect their growth.
Vinca minor often called periwinkle, is a low-growing, evergreen ground cover that produces small purple flowers and delicate leaves. It prefers well-drained soil and partial shade locations. However, it does not do well in full sun areas.
Pachysandra in a variety of species can be used as a vining ground cover in shady areas, where it successfully competes for the limited sun. The leaves are evergreen and dark in color, with a whorled growth pattern. The plants produce tiny, off-white colored flowers in early spring.
Parthenocissus quinquefolia, or Virginia creeper, grows by sending out fast-growing runners on the ground that can quickly fill up an empty area of the landscape. It produces tiny, yellowish-green flowers in midsummer, followed by small, purple-black berries.
Botanical name Euonymous fortunei is another fast-growing ground cover that can be used to cover large areas quickly. It prefers a sunny location and moist, well-drained soil. It produces tiny flowers, but they are inconspicuous.
The range of vining ground covers that are available offers several choices for landscaping areas of your property that require foliage cover with a minimum of maintenance.
Enhance your landscaping with the many varieties of ground cover plants
As most seasoned gardeners and landscapers know, using ground cover plants are ideal for that extra color and woodsy feel. Ground cover plants are excellent in some difficult gardening areas such as walkways, hillsides, edging and for erosion control. Ground cover plants come in a great variety of textures and colors. Some very drought resistant and others perfect for lining the hidden stone walkway and also tolerates foot traffic.
Ground cover plants range from small cropped mounds to tall lush grass. The colors range from the darkest green to the brightest yellow. Some ground covers are evergreens and keep their bristles all season, while others lose their leaves seasonally. If you live in a dryer area where drought is an issue, you cannot go wrong with planting some thyme ground cover, hardy in zones 5-9 and grows best in well-drained soil. Thyme has a beautiful fragrance and does flower. Not only can you use the fresh or dried thyme for cooking, but the plant also stands up to mild foot traffic. Add some thyme ground cover to your walkway to enhance the beauty of your yard, remember that thyme does best in full sun.
If you are looking for an excellent ground cover to boarder that hidden path to your secret garden, try sweet woodruff, best in zones 4-8 in moist but rich well-drained soil. Enjoy the lacy foliage and fresh white flowers along with a beautiful scent to engage all your senses. Sweet woodruff enjoys the shady areas of your yard; flowers typically appear in mid-spring. This ground cover can reach heights of 6 to 12 inches, accent trees, and shrubs by planting sweet woodruff in the shade of the branches.
Brass buttons, best in zones 5-9, is an evergreen ground cover that forms in small clumps or mounds, they will create small button-like flowers and typically stay around 3 inches high. This ground cover thrives in moist but well-drained soil. Brass buttons, originally from New Zealand, is ideal for rock gardens and will do best in full sun. The foliage ranges from shades of black to almost a heather grey. Brass buttons are a low maintenance ground cover that also does well in container gardening.
No garden or yard is complete without the woodsy presence of a ground cover plant. With so many varieties, you can find a suitable plant for every area of your yard.