Ivydene Gardens Plants:
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

Macleaya microcarpa 'Kelway's Coral Plume'

Herbaceous Perennial above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

84 x 36 (210 x 90)

Grey to Olive-Green

Deep Buff to Coral-Pink in
July-August

"Plume Poppy".

Magnolia grandiflora 'Exmouth'

Evergreen Tree above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

360 x 360 (900 x 900)

Light Green

Creamy-White in
September-October

"Bull Bay".

Magnolia liliiflora
'Nigra'

Deciduous Shrub above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

96 x 72 (210 x 180)

Dark Green

Deep Purple in
July-October

 

Magnolia stellata
'King Rose'

Deciduous Shrub above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

84 x 72 (210 x 180)

Dark Green

Pink and White in
March-April

"Star Magnolia".

Mahonia aquifolium

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

36 x 60 (90 x 150)

Bright Green in Spring and Summer, Bronze/Purple/Red in Autumn and Winter

Yellow in
April-May

"Oregon grape".
Blue-Black berries.

Mahonia aquifolium 'Atropurpurea'

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

36 x 60 (90 x 150)

Bright Green turn dark Red-Purple in Winter

Yellow in
April-May

Blue-Black berries.

Mahonia aquifolium 'Orange Flame'

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

24 x 36 (60 x 90)

Rust-Orange young foliage turning Red in Winter

Yellow in
April-May

Blue-Black berries.

Mahonia japonica

Evergreen Shrub above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

84 x 120 (210 x 300)

Dark Green

Fragrant Yellow in
November-April

Blue-Purple berries.

Mahonia japonica 'Bealei'

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

72 x 120 (180 x 300)

Blue-Green

Fragrant Yellow in
November-April

Blue-Purple berries.

Mahonia lomariifolia

Evergreen Shrub above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

120 x 72 (300 x 180)

Dark Green

Fragrant Yellow in
December-March

Blue-Black berries.

Mahonia napaulensis

Evergreen Shrub above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

96 x 120 (240 x 300)

Glossy Dark Green

Yellow in
April-May

Blue-Black berries.

Mahonia nervosa

Evergreen Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

18 x 36 (45 x 90)

Glossy Dark Green

Yellow in
June-July

Blue-Black berries.

Mahonia x wagneri 'Pinnacle'

Evergreen Shrub above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

84 x 120 (210 x 300)

Bronze in Spring, Bright Green in Summer, Autumn and Winter

Yellow in
April-June

Blue-Black berries.

Mahonia pumila

Evergreen Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

12 x 36 (30 x 90)

Grey-Green

Dark Yellow in
April-June

Blue-Black berries.

Mahonia repens

Evergreen Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

12 x 36 (30 x 90)

Matt Green

Dark Yellow in
May-June

Blue-Black berries.

Mahonia x wagneri 'Undulata'

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

72 x 72 (180 x 180)

Glossy Dark Green turning Red-Purple in Winter

Rich Yellow in
April-June

Blue-Black berries.

Mahonia x media 'Charity'

Evergreen Shrub above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

144 x 108 (360 x 270)

Dark Green

Yellow in
December-March

Blue-Black berries.

Malus 'John Downie'

Deciduous Tree above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

312 x 240 (780 x 600)

Bright Green

White in
May

"Apple, Crab Apple". Orange and Red fruit.

Malus 'Royalty'

Deciduous Tree above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

336 x 300 (840 x 750)

Purple

Crimson-Purple in
April-May

"Apple, Crab Apple". Dark Red.

Malus toringoides

Deciduous Tree above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

300 x 360 (750 x 900)

Bright Green in Spring and Summer, Yellow in Autumn

White in
May

"Apple, Crab Apple". Yellow fruit.

Malus
'Golden Hornet'

Deciduous Tree above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

312 x 276 (780 x 690)

Bright Green

White in
May

"Apple, Crab Apple". Golden-Yellow fruit.

Malva moschata

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

24 x 24 (60 x 60)

Dark Green

Rose-pink in
July-October

"Musk Mallow".

Meconopsis paniculata

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

72 x 24 (180 x 60)

Greyish-Green

Pale Yellow in
June-August

"Blue Poppy".
For Neutral to Acid soil

Meconopsis quintuplinervia

Herbaceous Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

18 x 12 (45 x 30)

Mid- to Dark Green

Pale lavender-Blue in
July-September

"Harebell Poppy".

Melicytus crassifolius

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

48 x 48 (120 x 120)

Dark Green

Yellow in
June-July

Purple berries.

Mentha gracilis 'Variegata'

Herb below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

12 x 36 (30 x 90)

Dark Green striped and flecked Gold

Lilac in
july-September

"Ginger Mint, Red Mint".

Mentha longifolia

Herb 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

48 x 36 (120 x 90)

Green to Silver-Grey

Lilac or White in
July-September

"Horsemint".

Mentha x piperita 'Citrata'

Herb below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

20 x 36 (50 x 90)

Dark Green tinged Reddish-Purple in Sun or Copper-Red in shade.

Pinkish-Purple in
September

"Lemon Mint".

Mentha pulegium

Herb below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

12 x 18 (30 x 45)

Bright Green

Lilac in
July-September

"Pennyroyal".

Mentha spicata

Herb 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

36 x indefinite (90 x indefinite)

Bright Green

Pink, Lilac or White in
July-September

"Spearmint".

Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata'

Herb 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

36 x indefinite (90 x indefinite)

Greyish-Green

Pink or White in
July-September

"Apple Mint".

Mespilus germanica

Deciduous Shrub above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

240 x 300 (600 x 750)

Dark Green in Spring and Summer, Yellow-Brown in Autumn

White in
May-June

"Medlar".

Microbiota decussata

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

36 x indefinite (90 x indefinite)

Mid-Green turn Bronze in Winter

...

Usefull ground cover, similar to the spreading junipers.

Milium effusum 'Aureum'

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

24 x 12 (60 x 30)

Rich Golden Yellow in Spring becoming Yellow-Green

Golden spikelets in
June-August

"Bowles' Golden Grass".

Mimulus guttatus

Herbaceous Stolon Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

12 x 36 (30 x 90)

Mid-Green

Yellow in
July-September

 

Mimulus luteus

Herbaceous Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

12 x 24 (30 x 60)

Mid-Green

Yellow in
June-September

"Monkey Musk, Yellow Monkey Flower".

Mimulus ringens

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

36 x 12 (90 x 30)

Mid-Green

Violet or White in
July-September

"Allegheny Monkey Flower".

Mirabilis jalapa

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

36 x 24 (90 x 60)

Mid Green

Fragrant Red, White or Yellow in
July-September

"Four o'clock Flower, Marvel of Peru".

Mitella stauropetala

Deciduous Rhizome Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

20 x 12 (50 x 30)

Purple-tinged Mid-Green

White or Purple in
July-September

 

Moltkia x intermedia

Evergreen Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

9 x 12 (23 x 30)

Dark Green

Bright Blue in
July

 

Monarda
'Beauty of Cobham'

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

36 x 18 (90 x 45)

Purplish-Green

Pale Pink in
August-October

"Bergamot".

Monarda
'Vintage Wine'

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

36 x 18 (90 x 45)

Mid to Dark Green

Red-Purple in
August-October

"Bergamot".

Morina persica

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

60 x 24 (150 x 60)

Dark Green

Scented White in
August-September

 

Morus nigra 'Wellington'

Deciduous Tree above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

480 x 600 (1200 x 1500)

Mid-Green

Pale Green in
June-July

"Black Mulberry". Green turning Red then dark Purple in September edible fruit.

Muscari

Herbaceous Bulb

8 x 2 (20 x 5)

Mid-Green

Blue or White in
April-May

"Grape Hyacinth".

Myosotidium hortensia

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

24 x 24 (60 x 60)

Very Glossy Mid-Green

Dark Blue in
July

"Chatham Island Forget-Me-Not".

Myosotis sylvatica and it's cultivars

Herbaceous Perennial

12 x 6 (30 x 15)

Grey-Green

Blue or White in
May-July

"Forget-me-not".

Myrteola nummularia

Evergreen Sub-Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

2 x 12 (5 x 30)

Dark Green

White in
July

Pink berries.

Myrtus communis

Evergreen Shrub above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

120 x 120 (300 x 300)

Glossy Dark Green

White in
August-October

"Common Myrtle".

 

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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