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Groundcover Perennials

Easy-to-grow groundcovers are useful and beautiful

Whether you're looking to prevent erosion, replace your lawn, or fill in those weed-prone areas between the stepping stones of your garden path, we have a wonderful variety of tough, easy-to-grow perennial groundcovers that will multiply and naturalize beautifully. Groundcovers are experts at outcompeting weeds - plant them in hard to reach areas or use them to create a low-growing carpet of flowers and foliage in between taller plants.

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  1. Creeping Thyme, Thymus praecox Coccineus with Lavender

    Creeping Thyme Coccineus is one of the very best flowering groundcovers. 1 to 3 inches tall in sun or partial shade. (Thymus praecox)...

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    Creeping Thyme Coccineus Creeping Thyme Thymus praecox
    As low as $9.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Creeping Thyme Coccineus is one of the very best flowering groundcovers. 1 to 3 inches tall in sun or partial shade. (Thymus praecox)
  2. Creeping Phlox Emerald Blue, Phlox subulata

    ‚Emerald Blue‚ Creeping Phlox is a fast-spreading, low-growing perennial groundcover that creates a carpet of pale lavender-blue flowers in spring. Extremely easy to grow...

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    Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Emerald Blue
    As low as $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Emerald Blue' Creeping Phlox is a fast-spreading, low-growing perennial groundcover that creates a carpet of pale lavender-blue flowers in spring. Extremely easy to grow, its early season blooms last for weeks and attract butterflies. Deer resistant and drought tolerant once mature. (Phlox subulata)
  3. Lamium Orchid Frost, Lamium maculatum, Dead Nettle

    Orchid Frost makes a great groundcover for shade with variegated leaves and orchid-pink bloom. Only 8 inches tall. PP#11122 (Lamium maculatum)...

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    Orchid Frost Lamium Orchid Frost Dead Nettle PP#11122 Lamium maculatum Orchid Frost PP#11122
    As low as $96.98
    Per Tray of 16
    Orchid Frost makes a great groundcover for shade with variegated leaves and orchid-pink bloom. Only 8 inches tall. PP#11122 (Lamium maculatum)
  4. Purple Lamium Purple Dragon, Lamium maculatum, Dead Nettle

    Purple Dragon has stunning silver leaves with dark green edging and large, magenta-purple flowers. This Lamium is perfect for any shady area of the garden. PP# 15890 (Lamium maculatu...

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    Purple Dragon Lamium Purple Dragon Dead Nettle PP#15890 Lamium maculatum Purple Dragon PP#15890
    As low as $134.98
    Per Tray of 16
    Purple Dragon has stunning silver leaves with dark green edging and large, magenta-purple flowers. This Lamium is perfect for any shady area of the garden. PP# 15890 (Lamium maculatum)
  5. Purple Beauty Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata

    ‚Purple Beauty‚ Creeping Phlox creates a mat of bright purple blooms paired with deep violet center eyes and grass-like foliage. This 4-6„ tall spreading perennial ...

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    Purple Beauty Creeping Phlox Purple Beauty Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Purple Beauty
    As low as $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Purple Beauty' Creeping Phlox creates a mat of bright purple blooms paired with deep violet center eyes and grass-like foliage. This 4-6" tall spreading perennial flowers in the springtime under full sun, but can be planted under trees that leaf out and create shade later in the season. Drought-tolerant and deer-resistant, 'Purple Beauty' carries a sweet fragrance that attracts butterflies. (Phlox subulata)
  6. Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata

    Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox welcomes spring with a flush of white blooms bearing a vibrant magenta eye. Petals may take on a flush of pink to complement the rosy highlights. Needle-...

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    Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Amazing Grace
    As low as $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox welcomes spring with a flush of white blooms bearing a vibrant magenta eye. Petals may take on a flush of pink to complement the rosy highlights. Needle-like, evergreen foliage forms a dense mat making a lush groundcover perfect for cascading over walls or across slopes. Flowers attract butterflies to the garden. (Phlox subulata)
  7. Blue Ajuga Black Scallop, Ajuga reptans, photo courtesy of Walters Garden Inc.

    ‚Black Scallop‚ Ajuga is a fast-growing and attractive groundcover with burgundy-black leaves and spiky, violet-blue flowers. Growing only 4 to 6 inches tall and flowerin...

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    Black Scallop Ajuga Black Scallop Bugleweed PP#15815 Ajuga reptans Black Scallop PP#15815
    As low as $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Black Scallop' Ajuga is a fast-growing and attractive groundcover with burgundy-black leaves and spiky, violet-blue flowers. Growing only 4 to 6 inches tall and flowering in late spring, 'Black Scallop' is fairly forgiving when it comes to soil and sunlight, but prefers things on the moist side. A great choice for attracting pollinators early in the season. Deer resistant. PP#15815 (Ajuga reptans)
  8. Lamium White Nancy, Lamium maculatum, Dead Nettle

    White Nancy is a mat forming flowering groundcover for shady areas. Use with hostas and other shade lovers. (Lamium maculatum)...

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    White Nancy Lamium White Nancy Dead Nettle Lamium maculatum White Nancy
    As low as $6.65
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    White Nancy is a mat forming flowering groundcover for shady areas. Use with hostas and other shade lovers. (Lamium maculatum)
  9. Elijah Blue Fescue Grass, Festuca glauca

    ‚Elijah Blue‚ Fescue Grass is one of the most popular, no fuss ornamental grasses. Low growing in tight mounds with fine silvery blue-green foliage, plant ‚Elijah B...

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    Elijah Blue Fescue Grass Elijah Blue Fescue Festuca glauca Elijah Blue
    As low as $10.65
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Elijah Blue' Fescue Grass is one of the most popular, no fuss ornamental grasses. Low growing in tight mounds with fine silvery blue-green foliage, plant 'Elijah Blue' in borders, rock gardens, or as groundcover to create year-round visual interest in the garden. In late spring and early summer, blonde seed heads appear on tall stems. Compact forms are great for small gardens and containers, and wont overtake its companions in the garden. (Festuca glauca)
  10. Creeping Thyme Elfin, Thymus serpyllum

    Low growing and tough, this Thyme is perfect planted in a rock path or as a lawn alternative. Lavender-pink flowers emerge in early summer and attract pollinators to the garden. (Thy...

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    Elfin Creeping Thyme Elfin Creeping Thyme Thymus serpyllum Elfin
    As low as $10.65
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Low growing and tough, this Thyme is perfect planted in a rock path or as a lawn alternative. Lavender-pink flowers emerge in early summer and attract pollinators to the garden. (Thymus)
  11. White Creeping Wintergreen, Gaultheria procumbens, Creeping Wintergreen or Checkerberry

    Creeping Wintergreen or also known as Gaultheria Redwood™ forms large mats of glossy green groundcover in the woods. This plant produces light pink flowers in late spring followed...

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    Redwood® Creeping Wintergreen Redwood® Creeping Wintergreen, Checkerberry Gaultheria procumbens Redwood®
    $15.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Creeping Wintergreen or also known as Gaultheria Redwood™ forms large mats of glossy green groundcover in the woods. This plant produces light pink flowers in late spring followed by red berries in the fall. (Gaultheria procumbens)
  12. Candy Stripe Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata

    ‚Candy Stripe‚ Creeping Phlox produces striking blooms in hues of pink and white atop masses of evergreen foliage. Drought tolerant and deer resistant, use this perennial...

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    Candy Stripe Creeping Phlox Candy Stripe Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Candy Stripe
    As low as $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Candy Stripe' Creeping Phlox produces striking blooms in hues of pink and white atop masses of evergreen foliage. Drought tolerant and deer resistant, use this perennial groundcover to spill down banks, spread under trees, and lend its joyful color to hard to manage areas. Excellent in rock gardens. (Phlox subulata)
  13. Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata

    ‚Scarlet Flame‚ Creeping Phlox ushers in spring vibrantly with its star-shaped, magenta-pink blooms. A drought-tolerant evergreen, this perennial groundcover creates a de...

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    Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Scarlet Flame
    As low as $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Scarlet Flame' Creeping Phlox ushers in spring vibrantly with its star-shaped, magenta-pink blooms. A drought-tolerant evergreen, this perennial groundcover creates a dense mat of 6 inch blooms atop needle-like foliage. Plant 'Scarlet Flame' in tricky areas like steep banks and rock walls to watch its flowers skillfully spread. Very cold hardy. (Phlox subulata)
  14. Christmas Fern, Polystichum acrostichoides, Christmas Fern, Photo Credit Wasp32---Own-work, CC BY 4.0

    Christmas fern will provide your garden with four seasons of deep, evergreen beauty. A deer-resistant native of the Eastern United States, this robust, easy fern is a terrific choic...

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    Christmas Fern Christmas Fern Polystichum acrostichoides
    As low as $10.65
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Christmas fern will provide your garden with four seasons of deep, evergreen beauty. A deer-resistant native of the Eastern United States, this robust, easy fern is a terrific choice for erosion control on shady and partly-shaded slopes, and is easily divisible for gardeners with large areas to cover.(Polystichum acrostichoides)
  15. Burgundy Glow Ajuga, Ajuga reptans Burgundy Glow

    Burgundy Glow‚ Ajuga is a vibrant, spreading groundcover with multi-colored foliage and purple-blue flowers. Maroon and green leaves are edged with cream and can create a dense...

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    Burgundy Glow Ajuga Burgundy Glow Bugleweed Ajuga reptans Burgundy Glow
    As low as $6.65
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Burgundy Glow' Ajuga is a vibrant, spreading groundcover with multi-colored foliage and purple-blue flowers. Maroon and green leaves are edged with cream and can create a dense carpet over even the toughest-of-soils in full and part shade. Growing 4-6" tall and 12-18" wide, 'Burgundy Glow' is considered evergreen in warmer regions. (Ajuga reptans)
  16. Spicy Orange Creeping Thyme, Thymus citriodorus Spicy Orange, close up of lavender-pink flower spikes

    As its name suggests, ‚Spicy Orange‚ Creeping Thyme is a beautiful perennial herb with a fragrance reminiscent of spiced citrus. Delicate lavender-pink flower spikes top ...

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    Spicy Orange Creeping Thyme Spicy Orange Creeping Thyme Thymus citriodorus Spicy Orange
    As low as $9.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    As its name suggests, 'Spicy Orange' Creeping Thyme is a beautiful perennial herb with a fragrance reminiscent of spiced citrus. Delicate lavender-pink flower spikes top the evergreen foliage in early summer, attracting pollinators. Its low-growing habit is perfect between stepping stones where it can handle light foot traffic, along the front of a border, or in a container. (Thymus)
  17. Catlin's Giant Bugleweed, Ajuga reptans Catlin's Giant

    ‚Catlin‚s Giant‚ Ajuga creates a thick, weed-smothering groundcover in almost any spot, tolerating poor soils and full shade with grace. The gorgeous, deep-indigo f...

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    Catlin's Giant Ajuga Catlin's Giant Bugleweed Ajuga reptans Catlin's Giant
    As low as $6.65
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Catlin's Giant' Ajuga creates a thick, weed-smothering groundcover in almost any spot, tolerating poor soils and full shade with grace. The gorgeous, deep-indigo flower spikes attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden in late spring and pair beautifully with the bronze-tinged leaves. Try this one under trees and in other spots where grass struggles to grow. (Ajuga reptans)
  18. Pink Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower, Epigaea repens

    Trailing Arbutus is an exquisite woodland flower that boasts sweet-scented, pastel pink beauty blooms along running stems of shiny evergreen leaves, creating the ultimate groundcover...

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    Mayflower Mayflower, Trailing Arbutus Epigaea repens
    $18.65
    Per Bag of 3
    Trailing Arbutus is an exquisite woodland flower that boasts sweet-scented, pastel pink beauty blooms along running stems of shiny evergreen leaves, creating the ultimate groundcover for woodland gardens. (Epigaea repens)
  19. Artemisia Silver Mound, Artemisia schmidtiana, Wormwood or Dusty Miller

    Dwarf Dusty Miller, Silver Mound, growing to only 14 inches, creates silvery plants for dramatic contrast with greens. (Artemisia schmidtiana)...

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    Silver Mound Artemisia Silver Mound Wormwood Artemisia schmidtiana Silver Mound
    $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Dwarf Dusty Miller, Silver Mound, growing to only 14 inches, creates silvery plants for dramatic contrast with greens. (Artemisia schmidtiana)
  20. Pink Ajuga Pink Lightning, Ajuga reptans, Bugleweed

    ‚Pink Lightning‚ Ajuga is a fast-growing groundcover with a unique look. Soft, sage green leaves are trimmed with cream edges, creating a beautiful backdrop for the bubbl...

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    Pink Lightning Ajuga Pink Lightning Bugleweed PP#22255 Ajuga reptans Pink Lightning PP#22255
    As low as $9.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot

    'Pink Lightning' Ajuga is a fast-growing groundcover with a unique look. Soft, sage green leaves are trimmed with cream edges, creating a beautiful backdrop for the bubblegum-pink flower spikes that appear in late spring. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, 'Pink Lightning' will spread rapidly when well-watered. (Ajuga) PP#22255

  21. Pink Creeping Phlox Emerald Pink, Phlox growing over rocks

    ‚Emerald Pink‚ Creeping Phlox is famous for its blazing pink blooms and evergreen foliage that work together beautifully as a groundcover or colorful landscape accent. Al...

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    Emerald Pink Creeping Phlox Emerald Pink Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Emerald Pink
    As low as $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Emerald Pink' Creeping Phlox is famous for its blazing pink blooms and evergreen foliage that work together beautifully as a groundcover or colorful landscape accent. Allowed to spill and trail over walls, slopes, and container egdes, low-growing 'Emerald Pink' will bring the garden to life while cleverly hiding any trouble spots. Drought-tolerant, deer resistant and extremely easy to grow. (Phlox subulata)
  22. Pink Lamium Pink Pewter, Lamium maculatum, Dead Nettle

    Pink Pewter is a great groundcover for shady areas with bright bloom from late spring into summer. (Lamium maculatum)...

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    Pink Pewter Lamium Pink Pewter Dead Nettle Lamium maculatum Pink Pewter
    As low as $6.65
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Pink Pewter is a great groundcover for shady areas with bright bloom from late spring into summer. (Lamium maculatum)
  23. Highland Cream Creeping Thyme, Thymus praecox Highland Cream, close up of pale flower spikes

    ‚Highland Cream‚ Creeping Thyme is versatile as a groundcover and a great perennial plant. With poor soils, sharp drainage,and good sun exposure, this thyme will respond ...

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    Highland Cream Creeping Thyme Highland Cream Creeping Thyme Thymus praecox Highland Cream
    As low as $9.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Highland Cream' Creeping Thyme is versatile as a groundcover and a great perennial plant. With poor soils, sharp drainage,and good sun exposure, this thyme will respond with spreading variegated foliage, citrus fragrance,and charming pale flower spikes that draw pollinators. 'Highland Cream'is deer and rabbit resistant and can tolerate moderate foot traffic in pathways. (Thymus)
  24. Candy Tuft Alexanders White, Iberis sempervirens, Candy Tuft

    Mid spring bloomer Alexanders white Candy Tuft is a woody low growing shrub that will be evergreen in warmer winter climates but semi evergreen in colder regions. Its pure white flow...

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    Alexander's White Candy Tuft Alexander's White Candy Tuft Iberis sempervirens Alexander's White
    $8.65
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Mid spring bloomer Alexanders white Candy Tuft is a woody low growing shrub that will be evergreen in warmer winter climates but semi evergreen in colder regions. Its pure white flowers make a carpet of color that attract butterflies. Plant in full sun in a rock garden, between crevices or on a slope. Its deer resistant and easy to grow. (Iberis sempervirens)
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