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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 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, its early se...

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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)
  2. Woodland Phlox Blue Moon

    Blue Moon is a lovely native Phlox groundcover featuring clouds of rich violet-blue blooms that float above green foliage. With fragrance to wake up your senses, it flowers in April...

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    Blue Moon Woodland Phlox Woodland Phlox Blue Moon, Wild Sweet William Phlox divaricata Blue Moon
    As low as $137.98
    Per Tray of 16
    'Blue Moon' is a lovely native Phlox groundcover featuring clouds of rich violet-blue blooms that float above green foliage. With fragrance to wake up your senses, it flowers in April May. Its a perfect addition to a rock garden or any shady spot where it can slowly naturalize. Provides early season pollen for hummingbirds and butterflies. (Phlox divaricata)
  3. 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)
  4. Plantain Lily Patriot, Hosta Patriot

    Patriot Hosta is a long-time favorite, noted for the dramatic color contrast it lends to the landscape. Deep green leaves are flanked by broad, white margins throughout the season an...

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    Patriot Hosta Plantain Lily Patriot Hosta Patriot
    $11.99
    Per Bag of 1
    'Patriot' Hosta is a long-time favorite, noted for the dramatic color contrast it lends to the landscape. Deep green leaves are flanked by broad, white margins throughout the season and lavender flowers shoot up from tall scapes in late summer. Incredibly easy to care for, this is a tough, forgiving plant that really brightens the shade garden. (Hosta)
  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 flowers in the sprin...

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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. Purple Geranium Rozanne, Geranium, Crane's Bill

    Geranium Rozanne is a beautiful Cranes Bill that produces mounds of deep green foliage with long-lasting, violet purple flowers. Rozanne blooms in the heat of the summer and continue...

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    Rozanne Geranium Rozanne Cranesbill PP#12175 Geranium Rozanne PP#12175
    $15.99
    Per Bag of 1
    Geranium Rozanne is a beautiful Crane's Bill that produces mounds of deep green foliage with long-lasting, violet purple flowers. Rozanne blooms in the heat of the summer and continues to bloom till late fall. It performs as great ground cover and is perfect for borders. PP# 12175 (Geranium)
  7. Blue Vinca minor, Vinca minor, Periwinkle or Creeping Myrtle

    Creeping Myrtle or Periwinkle. This famous Vinca spreads to make great patches under trees. Blue flowers. (Vinca minor)...

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    Vinca Periwinkle, Creeping Myrtle Vinca minor
    As low as $9.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Creeping Myrtle or Periwinkle. This famous Vinca spreads to make great patches under trees. Blue flowers. (Vinca minor)
  8. Stachys monieri Hummelo, Hummelo Betony, Photo Courtesy of Walters Garden Inc.

    Award-winning Hummelo Betony brings a vigorous burst of spiky violet blooms to your late spring garden while providing a strong mounding groundcover during the rest of the growing se...

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    Hummelo Betony Hummelo Betony Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’
    $9.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Award-winning Hummelo Betony brings a vigorous burst of spiky violet blooms to your late spring garden while providing a strong mounding groundcover during the rest of the growing season. Masses of two-lipped flowers cluster on the top of strong stems and are a favorite for pollinators in a sunny garden. Deer resistant. (Stachys monieri Hummelo)
  9. Purple Liriope Grass Big Blue, Monkey Grass, up close

    Big Blue Liriope is a low-maintenance groundcover for the most challenging sites. Spikes of blue-violet blooms complement deep green arching foliage in late summer, and almost black ...

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    Big Blue Liriope Grass Big Blue Monkey Grass Liriope muscari Big Blue
    As low as $10.65
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Big Blue' Liriope is a low-maintenance groundcover for the most challenging sites. Spikes of blue-violet blooms complement deep green arching foliage in late summer, and almost black berries in fall. Plants tolerate a range of conditions from full sun to shade, clay to sandy soils, and wet or dry sites. Liriope provides excellent erosion control, and is often used as a lawn alternative or groundcover. Evergreen foliage in warm southern climates. Plants are rabbit and deer-proof, making 'Big Blue' an easy choice for the no-fuss gardener. (Liriope muscari)
  10. Hosta Halcyon, Plantain Lily Halcyon, with flowers beginning to bloom growing in garden with a mix of other varieties

    A sturdy and compact hosta, Halcyon has blue, heart-shaped leaves with heavy ribbing and towers of lavender flowers. A handsome choice for the shade garden, Halcyon is an exceptional...

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    Halcyon Hosta Plantain Lily Halcyon Hosta Halcyon
    As low as $7.99
    Per Bag of 1
    A sturdy and compact hosta, 'Halcyon' has blue, heart-shaped leaves with heavy ribbing and towers of lavender flowers. A handsome choice for the shade garden, 'Halcyon' is an exceptional way to add texture and dimension to plant groupings. A first-rate perfomer in containers. (Hosta)
  11. Chattahoochee Woodland Phlox, Phlox divaricata Chattahoochee, growing between stones in garden

    A must-have for shade gardens, Chattahoochee Woodland Phlox blooms with fragrant, star-shaped lavender flowers with maroon centers from late spring to early summer, attracting butter...

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    Chattahoochee Woodland Phlox Chattahoochee Woodland Phlox Phlox divaricata Chattahoochee
    As low as $10.65
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    A must-have for shade gardens, 'Chattahoochee' Woodland Phlox blooms with fragrant, star-shaped lavender flowers with maroon centers from late spring to early summer, attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. A versatile plant will spread gently, forming an attractive mid-height groundcover that fills and truly enhances a garden design. This award-winning native woodland wildflower thrives in moist, rich soils. (Phlox)
  12. Hosta Fire and Ice, Plantain Lily

    Fire and Ice is a variegated Hosta, with pure white leaves with dark green edging. This hosta produces long lasting lavender blooms and is perfect for shade gardens. Plant as a bord...

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    Fire and Ice Hosta Fire and Ice Plantain Lily Hosta Fire and Ice
    $11.99
    Per Bag of 1
    Fire and Ice is a variegated Hosta, with pure white leaves with dark green edging. This hosta produces long lasting lavender blooms and is perfect for shade gardens. Plant as a border and or in containers for continuous color and texture. (Hosta)
  13. Creeping Mint or Meehan's Mint, Meehania cordata, photo courtesy of Mt. Cuba Center

    Creeping Mint creates a mat of attractive, low-growing foliage that will spread gently to cover soil and prevent weed growth. In mid to late spring, this native perennial boldly anno...

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    Creeping Mint Creeping Mint or Meehan's Mint Meehania cordata
    As low as $13.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Creeping Mint creates a mat of attractive, low-growing foliage that will spread gently to cover soil and prevent weed growth. In mid to late spring, this native perennial boldly announces its presence with masses of lavender-blue flowers held above the foliage, drawing pollinators and creating a carpet of color in woodland gardens and along shady paths. (Meehania)
  14. Purpurkerze Astilbe

    A striking giant for the shade garden, Purpurkerze Astilbe grows up to 42 inches tall with spectacular, candelabra-like flowers in rich purple. Foliage is deeply-cut and carries a br...

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    Purpurkerze Astilbe Purpurkerze Chinese Astilbe Astilbe chinensis Purpurkerze
    $17.99
    Per Bag of 3
    A striking giant for the shade garden, 'Purpurkerze' Astilbe grows up to 42 inches tall with spectacular, candelabra-like flowers in rich purple. Foliage is deeply-cut and carries a bronze tint. Like other astilbes, 'Purpurkerze' prefers shade and moist soils, but seems to have more tolerance for drought and sun. (Astilbe chinensis)
  15. Purple Geranium Max Frei, Geranium sanguineum, Crane's Bill

    This low-growing variety has ferny foliage and produces magenta-purple blooms from early summer into fall. A beautiful groundcover. (Geranium sanguineum)...

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    Max Frei Geranium Max Frei Bloody Cranesbill Geranium sanguineum Max Frei
    $10.65
    Per Bag of 1
    This low-growing variety has ferny foliage and produces magenta-purple blooms from early summer into fall. A beautiful groundcover. (Geranium sanguineum)
  16. Purple Astilbe arendsii Amethyst, Astilbe arendsii, False Spirea

    Plant this luminous Astilbe in any shady spot of the garden and it will be sure to turn heads – Amethyst’s rich, lavender plumes almost seem to glow! (Astilbe arendsii)...

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    Amethyst Astilbe False Spirea Amethyst Astilbe arendsii Amethyst
    $15.99
    Per Bag of 3
    Plant this luminous Astilbe in any shady spot of the garden and it will be sure to turn heads – Amethyst’s rich, lavender plumes almost seem to glow! (Astilbe arendsii)
  17. Ginger, Arrow Leaf, Asarum arifolium

    Arrow-Leaf Ginger, grows up to 6-8inches in height. It blooms dark purple flowers in early summer and grows best in full shade to partial shade. It is deer resistant and has scented...

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    Arrow Leaf Ginger Arrow Leaf Ginger, Arrow-leaf Ginger Asarum arifolium
    $12.65
    Per Bag of 3
    Arrow-Leaf Ginger, grows up to 6-8inches in height. It blooms dark purple flowers in early summer and grows best in full shade to partial shade. It is deer resistant and has scented leaves. (Asarum arifolium)
  18. Hosta Wide Brim, Hosta, Plantain Lily

    The medium green leaves have wide, irregular pale green to white margins and interesting puckering that adds texture to the shade garden....

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    Wide Brim Hosta Wide Brim Plantain Lily Hosta Wide Brim
    $9.32
    Per Bag of 1
    The medium green leaves have wide, irregular pale green to white margins and interesting puckering that adds texture to the shade garden.
  19. Viola Halo Violet, Viola cornuta Halo

    Gardeners who plant ‘Brilliance’ Autumn Fern will find that the sturdy fronds stand up to all but the harshest ice storm, providing green when we need it most. Winner of the pres...

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    Halo Violet Tufted Violet Halo Horned Violet PP#24428, Horned Pansy, Tufted Violet Viola cornuta Halo PP#24428
    As low as $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Gardeners who plant ‘Brilliance’ Autumn Fern will find that the sturdy fronds stand up to all but the harshest ice storm, providing green when we need it most. Winner of the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Award-winner, this evergreen fern unfurls bronze-colored fronds in spring and sports particularly bright orange-red ripe spores on the undersides of the leaves in autumn. In early spring, cut away the old foliage to reveal new fronds emerging in extraordinary shades of coppery pink. Though it can stand on its own with grace, it provides a fantastic backdrop to shade plants such as Variegated Solomon’s Seal and Blue Brunnera. Autumn Fern is easy to grow in rich, moist, cool soil in full shade to part shade locations. It can grow in full sun with plenty of moisture. It is tolerant of dry shade, and drought tolerant once established. It benefits from regular moisture in its first season, and from an annual dressing of compost or mulch.
  20. Purple Viola Columbine, Viola cornuta, Violet

    Violet Columbine is a spectacular hybrid with columbine colors--rich blue with white. A heavy bloomer. (Viola cornuta)...

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    Columbine Tufted Violet Columbine Horned Violet, Horned Pansy, Tufted Violet Viola cornuta Columbine
    As low as $115.98
    Per Tray of 16
    Violet Columbine is a spectacular hybrid with columbine colors--rich blue with white. A heavy bloomer. (Viola cornuta)
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