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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. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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 Blue in borders, rock ...

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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)
  6. 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)
  7. 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)
  8. 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 the evergreen ...

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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)
  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. Red Wings Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata Red Wings growing as a groundcover, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden

    Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit, Red Wings Creeping Phlox is an incredibly tough native perennial. Bristly evergreen foliage mounds gently and creeps ...

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    Red Wings Creeping Phlox Red Wings Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Red Wings
    As low as $9.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit, 'Red Wings' Creeping Phlox is an incredibly tough native perennial. Bristly evergreen foliage mounds gently and creeps to provide cover, while deep pink blooms cover the plant in mid to late spring and attract pollinators. Deer resistant 'Red Wings' Creeping Phlox provides an attractive groundcover for fewer weeds, less mowing, and rocky or sloped areas. (Phlox)
  11. 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)
  12. Coral Bells Caramel, Heuchera Caramel, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden

    Caramel Coral Bells has distinctive foliage in warm honey tones. This native hybrid unfurls in early spring in hues of deep grey-red, warming by early summer to its candy-c...

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    Caramel Coral Bells Caramel Coral Bells PP#16560 Heuchera Caramel PP#16560
    $15.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Caramel' Coral Bells has distinctive foliage in warm honey tones. This native hybrid unfurls in early spring in hues of deep grey-red, warming by early summer to its candy-colored hue, inviting pollinators to the garden with lovely pink flowers. 'Caramel' Coral Bells provides lasting contrast and texture throughout the growing season, holding up well to summer’s humidity and heat. (Heuchera)
  13. 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 with spreading...

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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)
  14. 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)
  15. Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear, Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet

    With a touchable texture, ‘Silver Carpet’ Lamb’s Ear is a non-flowering groundcover that complements the colors of the garden. Its velvety silver leaves are well suited to chil...

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    Silver Carpet Lambs Ear Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet
    As low as $9.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    With a touchable texture, ‘Silver Carpet’ Lamb’s Ear is a non-flowering groundcover that complements the colors of the garden. Its velvety silver leaves are well suited to children’s gardens, low borders, hellstrips, and dry, sunny gardens. A hardy drought tolerant perennial, ‘Silver Carpet’ will thrive in poor soils and dry shade. Its soft and fuzzy texture is unpalatable to deer and rabbits. (Stachys byzantine)
  16. Pink and Orange Delosperma Fire Spinner, Delosperma Fire Spinner, Fire Spinner Ice Plant

    Ice Plant Fire Spinners is a truly unique, fun addition to any sunny spot. Hot, neon colors ignite the summer garden and attract winged wildlife. (Delosperma)...

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    Fire Spinner® Ice Plant Fire Spinner® Ice Plant Delosperma Fire Spinner®
    $9.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Ice Plant Fire Spinners is a truly unique, fun addition to any sunny spot. Hot, neon colors ignite the summer garden and attract winged wildlife. (Delosperma)
  17. Woodlander Rose Phlox, Phlox x Woodlander Rose

    Be the first to enjoy early spring flowers with ‘Woodlander Rose’ Phlox. This remarkable hybrid has it all, with abundant, fragrant, pale pink flowers that are larger and longer-...

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    Woodlander Rose Phlox Woodlander Rose Phlox Phlox x Woodlander Rose
    As low as $9.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Be the first to enjoy early spring flowers with ‘Woodlander Rose’ Phlox. This remarkable hybrid has it all, with abundant, fragrant, pale pink flowers that are larger and longer-lasting than other Phlox. It also tolerates light shade. Early blooms supply much-needed nectar for bees when other flowers are scarce. Its finely textured foliage creates a lovely evergreen groundcover when flowering is done. (Phlox)
  18. Alyssum Gold Spring, Alyssum wulfenianumc

    Early spring bloomer Golden Spring PPAF Alyssum lights up the garden with its bright yellow carpet like appearance. Its resistant to deer, rabbits and frost in early spring. Plant ...

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    Golden Spring Alyssum Golden Spring Alpine Alyssum PP#25710 Alyssum wulfenianum Golden Spring PP#25710
    As low as $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Early spring bloomer Golden Spring PPAF Alyssum lights up the garden with its bright yellow carpet like appearance. Its resistant to deer, rabbits and frost in early spring. Plant in full sun as a ground cover, in a rock garden or as a border. (Alyssum wulfenianum PPAF)
  19. Coral Bells Champagne Heuchera with flowers - Photo courtesy of TERRA NOVA® Nurseries, Inc.

    Champagne Coral Bells has it all, with a compact form and foliage that changes from peach to gold and then to champagne-gold over the season. Its colorful foliage is accented by burg...

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    Champagne Coral Bells Coral Bells Champagne PP#27567 Heuchera villosa Champagne PP#27567
    $18.65
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Champagne' Coral Bells has it all, with a compact form and foliage that changes from peach to gold and then to champagne-gold over the season. Its colorful foliage is accented by burgundy stems of light peach bell-shaped flowers that bloom most of the summer. A perfect choice for a border or container, or plant them in groups for pizazz! (Heuchera)
  20. Lamium maculatum Golden Anniversary, Golden Anniversary Dead Nettle with pink blooms and tri-colored variegated foliage

    ‘Golden Anniversary’ Lamium, also known as Dead Nettle, brings unique color to the shade garden with tri-colored variegated foliage and pink flowers. Each deep green leaf has a s...

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    Golden Anniversary Lamium Golden Anniversary Dead Nettle PP#11,783 Lamium maculatum Golden Anniversary PP#11,783
    $6.65
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    ‘Golden Anniversary’ Lamium, also known as Dead Nettle, brings unique color to the shade garden with tri-colored variegated foliage and pink flowers. Each deep green leaf has a silver center stripe and bright chartreuse edges. The petite scalloped foliage lends interesting texture to the garden, perfect for ground cover, borders, pathways, slopes, and woodland gardens. Masses of small pink blooms rise above the foliage in mid-spring, and return on and off again through autumn. (Lamium maculatum ‘Dellam’)
  21. Orange and Yellow Delosperma Fire Wonder, Delosperma, Ice Plant

    Add some spice to your summer garden with the Fire Wonder Ice Plant. Huge, bright red and yellow blooms create a carpet of bold color in almost any garden. This versatile perennial i...

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    Fire Wonder Ice Plant Fire Wonder Ice Plant (Patent Pending) Delosperma Fire Wonder (Patent Pending)
    $9.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Add some spice to your summer garden with the 'Fire Wonder' Ice Plant. Huge, bright red and yellow blooms create a carpet of bold color in almost any garden. This versatile perennial is drought and heat tolerant, making it a great choice for a low-maintenance area of the garden. The spectacular blooms attract bees and butterflies and the shorter height makes this plant perfect for containers or hanging baskets. Like other Ice Plants, 'Fire Wonder' is deer resistant and prefers as much sun as possible. (Delosperma)
  22. Creeping Speedwell, Veronica prostrata

    Forming a low mat of attractive foliage and flowers, Creeping Veronica is an easy-care groundcover that even tolerates light foot traffic. From late spring through early summer, spik...

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    Creeping Veronica Creeping Speedwell Veronica prostrata
    As low as $10.65
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Forming a low mat of attractive foliage and flowers, Creeping Veronica is an easy-care groundcover that even tolerates light foot traffic. From late spring through early summer, spikes of tiny, pale to dark blue flowers form on upright stems, brightening the garden and attracting pollinators. This versatile Veronica will gently form a deer-and-rabbit-resistant groundcover, without invading the garden. (Veronica)
  23. 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.
  24. Johnson's Blue Cranesbill, Geranium Johnson's Blue

    Legendary color and flowers. Cranes Bill Johnsons Blue is the most famous blue geranium ever. Large flowers, compact plant. (Geranium)...

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    Johnson's Blue Geranium Johnson's Blue Cranesbill Geranium Johnson's Blue
    As low as $9.32
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    Legendary color and flowers. Crane's Bill Johnson's Blue is the most famous blue geranium ever. Large flowers, compact plant. (Geranium)
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