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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. Blue Virginia Bluebells, Mertensia virginica

    Virginia Bluebell’s gorgeous flowers start out as lovely, pastel pink buds and open up into vivid, true blue blooms. A perfect addition to part and full-shade woodland gardens, pla...

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    Virginia Bluebells Virginia Bluebells Mertensia virginica
    As low as $13.32
    Per Bag of 3
    Virginia Bluebell’s gorgeous flowers start out as lovely, pastel pink buds and open up into vivid, true blue blooms. A perfect addition to part and full-shade woodland gardens, plant Virginia Bluebells to see early spring blooms and frequent visits from pollinators. This native plant increases in size each year and will form a beautiful colony over time with almost no care from the gardener. (Mertensia virginica)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. White Trillium, Trillium grandiflorum, Wake-Robin

    White Trillium opens exquisite white blooms up to 4 inches across in mid-spring. Flowers fade to a pretty pale pink. This woodland wildflower requires patience but is well worth th...

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    White Trillium White Wake Robin, Wood Lily Trillium grandiflorum
    As low as $120.98
    Per Bag of 30
    White Trillium opens exquisite white blooms up to 4 inches across in mid-spring. Flowers fade to a pretty pale pink. This woodland wildflower requires patience but is well worth the wait. Seeds produced by the plants and underground roots and will spread slowly into drifts of trillium that look like a white blanket covering the ground. (Trillium grandiflorum)
  5. 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)
  6. 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)
  7. 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)
  8. 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)
  9. 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)
  10. Red Astilbe japonica Montgomery, Astilbe, False Spirea

    Montgomery Astilbe produces feathery, magenta-crimson blooms that stand tall over its deep green foliage. A standout addition to the shade garden, Montgomery delivers loads of color ...

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    Montgomery Astilbe False Spirea Montgomery Astilbe japonica Montgomery
    $16.65
    Per Bag of 3
    'Montgomery' Astilbe produces feathery, magenta-crimson blooms that stand tall over its deep green foliage. A standout addition to the shade garden, 'Montgomery' delivers loads of color and is a perfect choice for mass plantings. Leaves emerge bronze-red in spring and turn green over the course of the season. Prefers moist soil. (Astilbe japonica)
  11. White Lily of the Valley, Convallaria majalis, Lily of the Valley

    Easy to grow from tiny roots called pips, Lily of the Valley is a much-loved, old-fashioned groundcover for shade. Enjoy the richly scented blossoms. (Convallaria majalis)...

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    Lily of the Valley Lily of the Valley, May Bells Convallaria majalis
    $15.99
    Per Bag of 15
    Easy to grow from tiny roots called pips, Lily of the Valley is a much-loved, old-fashioned groundcover for shade. Enjoy the richly scented blossoms. (Convallaria majalis)
  12. 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)
  13. White Astilbe japonica Deutschland, Astilbe japonica, False Spirea, Photo Credit Walters Gardens Inc

    Deutschland Astilbes pure white plumes are lovely in the moonlight and can brighten the shade garden with grace. Soft and feathery flowerheads play beautifully against the glossy gre...

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    Deutschland Astilbe Deutschland False Spirea Astilbe japonica Deutschland
    $17.99
    Per Bag of 3
    'Deutschland' Astilbe's pure white plumes are lovely in the moonlight and can brighten the shade garden with grace. Soft and feathery flowerheads play beautifully against the glossy green, mounding foliage. Very showy and very easy to care for, like most astilbes, this one is resistant to both deer and rabbits. Try pairing with any fern for a gorgeous, contrasting look. (Astilbe japonica)
  14. 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 groundcover t...

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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)
  15. 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 dense mat of 6 i...

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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)
  16. 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)
  17. Brunnera Alexander's Great with person showing size

    Make a huge impact on your shady garden with ‘Alexander’s Great’ brunnera. The exceptionally large heart-shaped leaves of this selection make it stand out amongst other silver ...

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    Alexander's Great Brunnera Alexander's Great Siberian Bugloss PP#25789 Brunnera macrophylla Alexander's Great PP#25789
    $17.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Make a huge impact on your shady garden with ‘Alexander’s Great’ brunnera. The exceptionally large heart-shaped leaves of this selection make it stand out amongst other silver leaved brunneras, without sacrificing any of the characteristically delicate blue flowers in early spring. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant. (Brunnera macrophylla)
  18. 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)
  19. Hosta Variegated Mix, Plantain Lily

    The Variegated Hosta Mix combines color-coordinated shades of green, yellow and white, making an attractive, tapestry-like groundcover for shady areas. Known for their tough, easygoi...

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    Variegated Hosta Mix Variegated Plantain Lily Mix Hosta Variegated Mix
    $11.99
    Per Bag of 3
    The Variegated Hosta Mix combines color-coordinated shades of green, yellow and white, making an attractive, tapestry-like groundcover for shady areas. Known for their tough, easygoing ways, hostas are an ideal choice for poor soils and weather-prone areas and will spread and multiply if you let them. One of the most low-maintenance perennials you can choose! (Hosta)
  20. 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)
  21. Pink Sister Theresa Astilbe False Spirea, Photo Credit Walters Gardens Inc

    Sister Theresa Astilbe glows with thick, cotton candy-colored plumes that sway softly in the breeze. Mounds of finely-cut, green foliage remain true throughout the season, providing ...

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    Sister Theresa Astilbe False Spirea Sister Theresa Astilbe arendsii Sister Theresa
    $17.32
    Per Bag of 3
    'Sister Theresa' Astilbe glows with thick, cotton candy-colored plumes that sway softly in the breeze. Mounds of finely-cut, green foliage remain true throughout the season, providing a graceful backdrop for later-blooming flowers. Lovely in rock gardens and when planted in drifts. Prefers moist soil. (Astilbe arendsii)
  22. Campanula Rapido Blue, Rapido Blue Bellflower, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden

    Rapido Blue Bellflower is a must-have heavy bloomer that will add character and charm to your garden borders and paths. Rapido Blue Bellflower explodes in a mound of purple flowers ...

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    Rapido Blue Bellflower Rapido Blue Bellflower Campanula carpatica Rapido Blue
    $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Rapido Blue' Bellflower is a must-have heavy bloomer that will add character and charm to your garden borders and paths. 'Rapido Blue' Bellflower explodes in a mound of purple flowers up to four weeks earlier than the older "Clips" series. Plant in containers and add instant color to your patio with these upward facing bell shaped flowers. (Campanula carpatica)
  23. 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)
  24. 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)
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