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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.

Pro tip:
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.

English Ivy
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
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.

Virginia Creeper
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.

Best Selling Ground Covers are English Ivy, Vinca Minor, Geranium Plants and Spreading Phlox

Top 3 Most Beautiful Ground Cover Plants

Most gardens and landscapes need a plant that serves as ground cover. Many of the plants that are used for ground cover are simple and green. However, there are a few plants that can brighten up any landscaping and are very eye-catching. Here we will detail the top three ground cover plants that are visually appealing and can be used to prevent weeds.


The first pick for the best ground cover plants is Vinca Minor. These plants are a lovely shade of periwinkle and look beautiful in a landscape setting. This species grows best in temperate climates and grow together to form large colonies. Vinca Minor can grow up to be about 16 inches high. However, they are not climbing plants. In terms of care, these are fairly simple to maintain and take care of. These plants do tend to take over an area, so ensure that it is not planted near other species, for it can act as a weed.


Another charming pick for ground cover is Pachysandra Procumbens. This species produces elegant white flowers that can add a lightness to your landscape setting. These are very fragrant flowers and provide a wonderful aroma. Pachysandra Procumbens typically survive best in shaded environments with moderate temperatures. When these receive too much sunlight, they have a hard time blooming and can end up dying. You can expect these plants to bloom mid Spring, around March or April. These will slowly spread and form colonies, which provides adequate ground cover.


The final pick for more appealing ground cover is 'Halls Honeysuckle. These are also very fragrant plants that produce delicate yellow and white flowers. This species requires more sunlight than other ground cover plants and thrives in partial to full sun exposure. These would look great in a rustic or tropical garden setting. With support, these stems can reach up to 30 feet, and when used as ground cover, they reach about 2 feet in height. 'Halls Honeysuckle are fast-growing plants that require weekly watering or more depending on the temperature.


All of these species can provide excellent ground cover in any garden or landscape setting. Not only are they used for ground cover, but they provide beautiful scenery and lovely aromas. These plants also help prevent weeds and soil erosion. So, if you are looking for a beautiful yet strong plant, then any of these three picks will be a great choice for your garden.

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Ground covers such as flowering vines spread quickly and cover everything, making them attractive in yards and gardens. They have lush foliage and colorful flowers, contributing to the relaxed atmosphere of an outdoor sitting area. They will also remain verdant for many years to come, providing beauty with very little maintenance.


 Ground covers can be selected to go with the surrounding shrubs and flowers so that they all form a pleasing, harmonious whole. When everything is blooming, the garden can be a riot of color-coordinated blossoms.


 Vinca Minor


 Flowering vines are generally not picky about their environment. They can thrive in a wide range of light levels, allowing them to cover all areas, sunny or shaded. An example is vinca minor, a lovely little plant that spreads even in densely shaded garden spots. 


 Vinca minor is a vine with thick, heavily veined leaves and delicate flowers ranging from white to vivid purple. It thrives in moist conditions, so it will grow almost anywhere. Undesirable weeds are covered and shaded out, leaving a cover of Vinca that is all the same height and color.


 If any weeds make it through the Vinca covering, yard owners need not worry about using standard weed killers, since Vinca has a waxy coating on its leaves, making it impervious to most herbicides. This is good for gardeners who like these flowering vines since one can freely spray for the weeds without hurting the Vinca. 


 English Ivy


 Another plant that is a blessing for the landscaper and homeowner is English ivy. It’s just as easy to grow and lush as Vinca but has more climbing ability. While Vinca sticks close to the ground, English ivy climbs up and over walls, rocks, and other features. It does this by extending roots ending in grasping pads capable of holding almost any material.


 Because of its ability to cover even horizontal surfaces, this ivy has been used as a ground cover on ugly, churned soil at construction sites and other disturbed areas. Its dense, dark leaves will obscure anything under them and eliminate unsightly weeds.


 An attractive quality of this ivy is that its flowers are appetizing to a wide variety of insects such as butterflies and other nectar-eaters, while its berries draw many types of birds. During spring and summer, these plants are a constant source of nature-watching pleasure. Bird watchers, butterfly fans and beekeepers love them.

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