Ivydene Gardens Plants:
Groundcover Plant
Name - D

The plants normally selected by most landscapers and designers are by nature low-growing, rampant, spreading, creep-crawly things and yet the concept of ground cover demands no such thing. The ideal description of a groundcover plant includes:-

  • a bold dense mass of leaves completely covering the ground most of the year; evergreens gain gold stars.
  • They should require little or no maintenance - if you have to give the plant more than its share of attention, you might as well save your money and spend the time weeding.
  • use the plant on ground areas that are difficult to maintain, such as steep banks or boggy patches.
  • use the plant to cover areas where not much will grow, such as deep shade or sandy soils.

Ground Cover a thousand beautiful plants for difficult places by John Cushnie (ISBN 1 85626 326 6) provides details of plants that fulfill the above requirements.

Using these groundcover plants in your planting scheme (either between your trees/shrubs in the border or for the whole border) will - with mulching your beds to a 4 inch depth and an irrigation system - provide you with a planted garden with far less time required for border maintainance.

Plant Name

with link to page with photos and mail-order nursery in Comments Row

Type

with link to mail-order nursery in UK

Height x Spread in inches (cms)

Foliage

with link to mail-order nursery in USA

Flower Colour in Month(s)

Comments

Daboecia cantabrica 'Alba'

Evergreen Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

16 x 28 (40 x 70)

Mid Green

White in
June-October

 

Daboecia cantabrica 'Atropurpurea'

Evergreen Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

16 x 28 (40 x 70)

Dark Green

Deep Purple in
June-October

 

Daboecia cantabrica 'Bicolor'

Evergreen Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

12 x 24 (30 x 60)

Mid-Green

White, Pink and Beetroot-Red in
July-November

 

Daboecia cantabrica Praegerae'

Deciduous Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

16 x 26 (40 x 65)

Mid-Green

Deep Cerise in
July-November

 

Daffodils

Herbaceous Bulb

 

 

 

See Narcissus Gallery

Dahlia 'Coltness Gem'

Herbaceous Tuber below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

18 x 18 (45 x 45)

Mid to Dark Green

White, Yellow, Apricot-Yellow, Scarlet-Red, Purple and Pink in
August-November

Single-flowered variety chosen to be most useful for bees

Dahlia merckii

Herbaceous Tuber 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

72 x 36 (180 x 90)

Mid-Green

Purple to Pink or White in
July-November

Single-flowered variety.

Dahlia 'Piccolo'

Herbaceous Tuber below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

12 x 12 (30 x 30)

Green

Red, Pink, Yellow and White in
July-November

Single-flowered variety.

Dahlia 'Preston Park'

Herbaceous Tuber below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

18 x 18 (45 x 45)

Nearly Black

Bright Scarlet in
July-October

Single-flowered variety.

Dahlia 'Yellow Hammer'

Herbaceous Tuber 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

24 x 18 (60 x 45)

Bronze

Yellow in
July-October

Single-flowered variety.

Daphne acutiloba

Evergreen Shrub 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

60 x 60 (150 x 150)

Glossy Bright Green

Scented White in
July-September

 

Daphne alpina

Deciduous Alpine 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

24 x 24 (60 x 60)

Grey-Green

White
in June-July

Fragrant Flowers.

Daphne arbuscula

Evergreen Alpine below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

10 x 18 (25 x 45)

Glossy Dark Green

Deep Pink
in June-July

Very Fragrant flowers.

Daphne blagayana

Evergreen Alpine below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

16 x 36 (40 x 90)

Dark Green

Creamy-White
in April-June

Evergreen or semi-evergreen. White or Pink Fruit.

Daphne cneorum

Evergreen Alpine below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

6 x 72 (15 x 180)

Dark Green above and Grey-Green beneath

Pale to Deep Rose-Pink in
June

 

Daphne laureola

Evergreen Shrub 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

36 x 60 (90 x 150)

Glossy Dark Green

Fragrant pale Green or Yellow-Green in
March-April

 

Daphne longilobata

Evergreen Shrub 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

60 x 60 (150 x 150)

Glossy Mid-Green

Fragrant White in
July

Glossy Red Fruit.

Daphne mezereum

Deciduous Shrub 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

48 x 36 (120 x 90)

Grey-Green

Pink in
March-April

Red Fruit

Daphne odora

Evergreen Shrub above 2 feet in height

60 x 60 (150 x 150)

Glossy Deep Green

Purple-Pink and White in
February-April

Red Fruit

Daphne retusa

Evergreen Shrub above 2 feet in height

30 x 30 (75 x 75)

Glossy Dark Green

Purple-Red outside, White within in
June-July

Red Fruit

Daphne tangutica

Evergreen Shrub above 2 feet in height

36 x 36 (90 x 90)

Dark Green

Fragrant Purple-Pink in
April-May

 

Daphne x burkwoodii

Semi-Evergreen Shrub 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

60 x 36 (150 x 90)

Mid-Green

Pale Pink in
May

 

Delphinium 'Bellamosum'

Herbaceous Perennial 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

36 x 18 (90 x 45)

Green

Deep Gentian Blue in
July-September

Single-flowered variety chosen to be most useful for bees

Delphinium 'Blue Bees'

Herbaceous Perennial 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

48 x 18 (120 x 45)

Green

Clear Bluein
July-September

Single-flowered variety.

Delphinium 'Casa Blanca'

Herbaceous Perennial 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

36 x 18 (90 x 45)

Green

White in
July-September

Single-flowered variety.

Delphinium 'Cliveden Beauty'

Herbaceous Perennial 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

48 x 18 (120 x 45)

Green

Sky-Blue in
July-September

Single-flowered variety.

Delphinium 'Moerheimii'

Herbaceous Perennial 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

36 x 18 (90 x 45)

Green

White in
July-September

Single-flowered variety.

Delphinium 'Piccolo'

Herbaceous Perennial 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

48 x 18 (120 x 45)

Green

Bright Gentian-Blue in
July-September

Single-flowered variety.

Desfontainia spinosa

Evergreen Shrub 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

72 x 72 (180 x 180)

Glossy Dark Green

Yellow-tipped Red in
August-November

 

Deutzia gracilis

Deciduous Shrub 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

36 x 36 (90 x 90)

Bright Green

Fragrant White in
April-July

 

Deutzia x kalmiiflora

Deciduous Shrub 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

48 x 48 (120 x 120)

Dark Green in Spring and Summer, Purple in Autumn

White in
April-May

 

Deutzia 'Mont Rose'

Deciduous Shrub 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

48 x 48 (120 x 120)

Dark Green

Pinkish-Purple in
June

 

Dianthus 'Doris'

Evergreen Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

12 x 6 (30 x 15)

Grey-Green

Scented Pale Pink in
June-August

 

Dianthus erinaceus

Herbaceous Alpine below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

2 x 26 (5 x 65)

Mid-Green

Pink
in July-September

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Dianthus gratianopolitanus

Herbaceous Alpine below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

6 x 16 (25 x 40)

Grey-Green

Deep Pink
in July-September

Very fragrant flowers.

Dianthus
'Mrs Sinkins Pink'

Evergreen Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

12 x 6 (30 x 15)

Blue-Grey

Scented Pink in
June-August

 

Dianthus
'White Ladies'

Evergreen Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

12 x 6 (30 x 15)

Dark Green

Pale Pink in
June-August

 

Dianthus deltoides

Herbaceous Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

8 x 12 (20 x 30)

Dark Green

White, Deep Pink or Red in
June-August

"Maiden Pink".

Diascia rigescens

Herbaceous Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

12 x 20 (30 x 50)

Dark Green

Mid to Deep Pink in
July-September

may be very specialized for garden situation.

Dicentra spectabilis

Herbaceous Perennial 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

30 x 20 (75 x 50)

Mid-Green

Pinkish-Red and White in
May-July

 

Dicentra spectablis 'Alba'

Herbaceous Perennial 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

24 x 24 (60 x 60)

Light Green

White in
May-July

 

Digitalis laevigata

Herbaceous Perennial 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

36 x 18 (90 x 45)

Mid-Green

Brown-Yellow in
August

"Foxglove". Do not try to grow with Hollyhocks

Dionysia involucrata

Evergreen Alpine below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

3 x 4 (7 x 10)

Dark Green

Violet or Violet-Purple
in July

 

Disporum hookeri

Deciduous Rhizome Perennial 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

36 x 18 (90 x 45)

Bright Green

Greenish-Cream in
May

Orange-Red Berries

Doronicum austriacum

Deciduous Rhizome Perennial 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

48 x 48 (120 x 120)

Dark Green

Yellow in
June-JUly

"Leopard's bane". Daisy-like flowers that are good for cutting

Doronicum pardalianches

Deciduous Rhizome Perennial 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

36 x 24 (90 x 60)

Dark Green

Light Yellow in
June-August

 

Dryopteris affinis

Evergreen Fern 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

36 x 36 (90 x 90)

Pale Green, Dark Green when mature

...

"Golden Male Fern".

Dryopteris carthusiana

Deciduous Fern 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

24 x 12 (60 x 30)

Pale Green

...

"Narrow Buckler Fern".

Dryopteris erythrosora

Deciduous Fern 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

24 x 15 (60 x 37)

Copper-Red when young, turning shiny dark Green

...

 

Dryopteris filix-mas

Deciduous Fern 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

36 x 36 (90 x 90)

Mid-Green

...

"Male Fern".

Dryopteris wallichiana

Deciduous Fern 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

36 x 30 (90 x 75)

Dark Green but Yellow-Green when young

...

"Wallich's Wood Fern".

 

Height in inches (cms):-

25.4mm = 1 inch
304.8mm = 12 inches
12 inches = 1 foot
3 feet = 1 yard
914.4mm = 1 yard

I normally round this to
25mm = 1 inch
300mm = 30 cms = 12 inches =1 foot,
900 mm = 3 feet = 1 yard and
1000mm = 100 cms = 1 metre = 40 inches

Site design and content copyright ©December 2006. Page structure changed September 2012. Height x Spread in feet changed to Height x Spread in inches (cms) June 2015. Chris Garnons-Williams.

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