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Groundcover Plant
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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

Gaillardia x grandiflora

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

36 x 18 (90 x 45)

Grey to
Mid-Green

Yellow, Red and Brown in
July-October

"Blanket Flower".

Galanthus nivalis

Herbaceous Bulb below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

4 x 4 (10 x 10)

Bright Green

Honey-scented White in
January-March

"Common Snowdrop".

The Hardy Plant Society Galanthus Group was formed in 2011.

Galax urcecolata

Evergreen Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

6 x 12 (15 x 30)

Mid-Green in Spring and Summer, Red-Bronze in Autumn and Winter

White in
May-June

"Wandflower".

Galium odoratum

Herb below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

18 x indefinite (45 x indefinite)

Emerald Green

Scented White in
June-August

"Sweet Woodruff".

Garrya elliptica
'James Roof'

Evergreen Shrub above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

144 x 144 (360 x 360)

Dark Sea-Green

Silver-Grey catkins in
January-March

"Silk-Tassel Bush".

Gaulhteria 'Shallon'

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

48 x 60 (120 x 150)

Glossy Dark Green

Pink suffused White in
June-July

"Salal, Shallon".

Gaultheria forrestii

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

60 x 60 (150 x 150)

Glossy Dark Green

Fragrant White in
June-July

Black fruit.

Gaultheria procumbens

Evergreen Alpine below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

4 x 12 (10 x 30)

Glossy Dark Green

Pink flushed White
in June-August

"Checkerberry". Scarlet Fruit. Provides good ground cover in shade.

Gaultheria x wisleyensis

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

36 x 36 (90 x 90)

Dark Green

White in
June-July

Purple-Red fruit.

Gaura lindheimeri

Deciduous Perennial 2-6 feet in height

60 x 36 (150 x 90)

Dark Green

White in
June-October

 

Genista aetnensis

Deciduous Shrub above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

300 x 300 (750 x 750)

Bright Green

Golden-Yellow in
July-August

"Mount Etna Broom".

Genista hispanica

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

30 x 54 (75 x 135)

Mid-Green

Yellow in
May-June

"Spanish Gorse".

Genista lydia

Deciduous Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

18 x 24 (45 x 60)

Blue-Green

Bright Yellow in
May-June

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Genista pilosa 'Procumbens'

Evergreen Alpine below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

8 x 36 (20 x 90)

Dark Green

Bright Yellow
in June-July

Prostrate stems.

Genista tinctoria
'Royal Gold'

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

36 x 36 (90 x 90)

Bright Deep Green

Rich Yellow in
June-August

 

Gentiana asclepiadea

Herbaceous Perennial 2-6 feet in height

24 x 18 (60 x 45)

Mid-Green

Blue in
August-September

"Willow gentian".

Gentiana asclepiadea 'Alba'

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

24 x 18 (60 x 45)

Mid-Green

Green-tinged White in
August-September

 

Gentiana verna

Evergreen Alpine below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

1 x 4 (2 x 10)

Dark Green

White throated Sky-Blue
in April-July

"Spring Gentian, Star Gentian".

Gentiana x macaulayi 'Wells's Variety'

Semi-Evergreen Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

2 x 12 (5 x 30)

Dark Green

Pale Blue in
September-November

 

Geranium
'Johnson's Blue'

Herbaceous Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

12 x 24 (30 x 60)

Mid-Green

Bright Blue in
July-September

"Cranesbill".

"Geranium 'Bob's Blunder' is totally hardy and happy even in my thick clay. Pewtered bronze leaves and big soft pink and white flowers with rounded form 2cm wide May-Nov, 30 x 50cm. " from Cotswold Garden Flowers

Geranium endressii

Evergreen Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

18 x 24 (45 x 60)

Light Green

Bright Pink in
July-October

"Cranesbill".

Geranium x oxonianum
'Wargrave Pink'

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

24 x 24 (60 x 60)

Light Green

Salmon-Pink in
June-September

"Cranesbill".

The Hardy Geranium Group was formed in 1974 when interest in the plants was booming. There are now approx. 70 species and 700 cultivars in British gardens. They range in height from a few cm. to 1m. and in colour from white through pink, mauve and pale blue to deep magenta, violet and blue. There is a geranium for every site in the garden: hot and sunny or dry shade.

Geranium macrorrhizum

Semi-Evergreen Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

12 x 24 (30 x 60)

Light Green

Magenta in
May-July

"Cranesbill". Effective ground cover in shade.

Geranium macrorhizum 'Ingwersen's Variety'

Semi-Evergreen Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

20 x 24 (50 x 60)

Glossy Light Green

Soft Pink in
July

"Cranesbill".

Geranium maderense

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

54 x 54 (135 x 135)

Bright Green

Magenta in
March-September

"Cranesbill".

Geranium nodusum

Herbaceous Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

18 x 18 (45 x 45)

Glossy Bright Green

Purplish-Pink in
June-November

"Cranesbill".

Geranium phaeum

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

32 x 18 (80 x 45)

Soft Green with Purplish-Brown marks

Maroon or White in
June-July

"Dusky Cranesbill, Mourning Widow".

Geranium clarkei
'Kashmir White'

Herbaceous Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

18 x indefinite (45 x indefinite)

Mid-Green

Greyish-Pink in
July-September

"Meadow Cranesbill".

Geranium psilostemon

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

48 x 48 (120 x 120)

Mid-Green, Crimson-tinted in Spring, and Red in Autumn

Magenta Red in
June-July

"Armenian Cranesbill".

Geranium renardii

Herbaceous Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

12 x 12 (30 x 30)

Velvety, Grey-Green

Purple-veined White in
May-July

"Cranesbill".

Geranium riversleaianum
'Russell Pritchard'

Herbaceous Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

12 x 36 (30 x 90)

Grey-Green

Deep Magenta in
June-October

"Cranesbill".

Geranium sanguinem var. striatum

Herbaceous Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

4 x 12 (10 x 30)

Dark Green

Pale Pink in
July-September

"Bloody Cranesbill".

Geranium sanguinem var. striatum 'Splendens'

Herbaceous Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

6 x 12 (15 x 30)

Dark Green

Bright Pink in
June-July

"Cranesbill".

Gladiolus

(See Gladiolus Gallery)

Corm Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

from 4 to 60 (10 to 150 cms) x 6 (15 cms)

Mid to Dark Green

White, Yellow, Red, or Orange in
March-September

The Nanu Group hybrids and cultivars flower in July, and are ideal for cutting and corsages.

Geranium communis subsp. byzantinus and
Geranium imbricatus are fully hardy.

Glaucium flavum

Biennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

18 x 18 (45 x 45)

Blue-Green

Bright Golden Yellow or Orange in
July-September

"Yellow Horned Poppy".

Glechoma hederacea 'Variegata'

Evergreen Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

6 x 72 (15 x 180)

Soft Pale Green marbled pure White

Lilac-Mauve in
July-September

"Variegated Ground Ivy".

Glyceria maxima

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

32 x indefinite (80 x indefinite)

Deep Green

Green to Purplish-Green Spikelets in
August-September

Grow in water 0.5 feet deep or in any garden soil that is reliably moist in full sun.

Glyceria maxima 'Variegata'

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

32 x indefinite (80 x indefinite)

Cream, Green, and White striped

Green to Purplish-Green Spikelets in
August-September

Grow in water 0.5 feet deep or in any garden soil that is reliably moist in full sun.

Gunnera manicata

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

72 x 84 (180 x 210)

Deep Green

Greenish-Red in
July

 

Gymnocarpium dryopteris

Deciduous Fern below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

8 x indefinite (20 x indefinite)

Pale Yellowish-Green when young, become Rich Green with age

...

"Oak Fern".

Gymnocarpium robertianum

Deciduous Fern below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

14 x indefinite (35 x indefinite)

Dull Dark Green

...

"Limestone polypody".

 

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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