Ivydene Gardens Plants:
Groundcover Plant
Name - T

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

Tagetes

Annual

12 x 12 (30 x 30)

Dark Green

Yellow, Orange or Red in
June-October

"Marigold".
Four main hybrid groups:-
African Marigolds,
French Marigolds,
Afro-French Marigolds and
Signet Marigolds

Tamarix ramossissima
'Pink Cascade'

Deciduous Shrub above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

180 x 180 (450 x 450)

Blue-Green

Pink in
September-October

"Tamarisk".

Tamarix tetrandra var. purpurea

Deciduous Shrub above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

120 x 120 (300 x 300)

Purple

Light Pink in
May-June

"Tamarisk".

Tanakaea radicans

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

4 x 12 (10 x 30)

Dark Green above, paler beneath

White in
June-July

"Japanese Foam Flower"

Taxus baccata

Evergreen Conical Conifer above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

300 x 240 (750 x 600)

Dark Green

Yellow male cones in
April-June

"Yew".
Fruit of Green seeds with Red aril.

Taxus baccata
'Fastigata Aurea'

Evergreen Conical Conifer above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

360 x 144 (900 x 360)

Dark Green, Gold-variegated with Gold patches

...

"Yew".

Taxus baccata
'Repandens'

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

24 x 180 (60 x 450)

Dark Green

...

"Yew".

Taxus baccata
'Repens Aurea'

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

48 x 48 (120 x 120)

Dark Green

...

"Yew".

Taxus baccata
'Standishii'

Evergreen Columnar Conifer below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

18 x 6 (45 x 15)

Golden-Yellow

...

"Yew".

Taxus baccata
'Summergold"

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

24 x 48 (60 x 120)

Yellow in Spring and Summer, Green with Yellow margins in Autumn and Winter

...

"Yew".

Tellima grandiflora

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

24 x 24 (60 x 60)

Mid-Green

White or Greenish-White in
June-August

"Fringe Cups".

Tellima grandiflora
'Perky'

Herbaceous Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

16 x 10 (40 x 25)

Mid-Green

Red in
June-August

"Fringe Cups".

Teucrium chamaedrys

Herb

 

Dark Green

...

..

Teucrium divaricatum

Herb

 

Dark Green

...

..

Teucrium fruticans

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

24 x 144 (60 x 360)

Aromatic Grey-Green above, White-woolly beneath

Pale Blue in
July-September

"Shrubby Germander,
Tree Germander".

Thalictrum flavum

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

36 x 18 (90 x 45)

Mid-Green

Fragrant Yellow in
July-September

"Yellow Meadow Rue".
Use at edge of woodland gardens

Thuja occidentalis
'Danica'

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

24 x 24 (60 x 60)

Light Green

...

"White Cedar".

Thuja occidentalis
'Holmstrup'

Evergreen Columnar Conifer above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

132 x 36 (330 x 90)

Mid-Green

...

"White Cedar".

Thuja occidentalis
'Sunkist'

Evergreen Bushy Conifer above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

96 x 72 (210 x 180)

Golden-Yellow in Spring and Summer, Green in Autumn and Winter

...

"White Cedar".

Thuja occidentalis
'Aurea Nana'

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

24 x 24 (60 x 60)

Yellow-Green in Spring, Summer and Autumn, Bronze in Winter

...

"White Cedar".

Thymus serphyllum
'Pink Chintz'

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

10 x 18 (25 x 45)

Grey-Green

Flesh Pink in
July-September

"Thyme".

Thymus vulgaris
'Silver Posie'

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

9 x 16 (22 x 40)

White-margined Grey-Green

Bright Purple to White in
June-July

"Garden Thyme".

Thymus x citriodorus

Herb Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

12 x 10 (30 x 25)

Mid-Green

Lavender-Pink in
July-September

"Lemon-scented Thyme".

Thymus x citriodorus
'Silver Queen'

Herb Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

12 x 10 (30 x 25)

Cream-variegated Mid-Green

Lavender-Pink in
July-September

"Lemon-scented Thyme".

Tiarella cordifolia

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

6 x 12 (15 x 30)

Pale Green become tinted Bronze-Red in Autumn

Creamy-White in
July-September

"Foam Flower".

Tolmiea menziesii

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

18 x 60 (45 x 150)

Pale to Lime-Green

Slightly scented Pale Green shaded and line Purple-Brown, Purple-Brown petals and Orange anthers in
June-July

"Thousand Mothers, Pick-a-Back Plant".

Trachycarpus fortunei

Evergreen Palm above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

840 x 96 (2100 x 240)

Dark Green

Yellow in
July

"Chusan Palm".
Female plants bear Blue-Black fruit.

Tradescantia Andersoniana Group

Evergreen Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

18 x 24 (45 x 60)

Mid-Green, often Purple-tinted

Blue, Purple, Pink to Rose-Red, or White in
July-October

 

Tricyrtis flava

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

18 x 12 (45 x 30)

Glossy Mid-Green , often with Dark Purplish-Green spots

Yellow in
October

"Toad Lily".

Tricyrtis hirta

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

32 x 24 (80 x 60)

Pale Green

Purple-spotted White in
September-November

tricyrtisflothirta1a

"Toad Lily".

Trifolium pratense
'Susan Smith'

Herbaceous Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

6 x 18 (15 x 45)

Dark Green..

Pink in
July-August

"Clover".

Trifolium repans
'Purpurascens Quadrifolium'

Herbaceous Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

4 x indefinite (10 x indefinite)

Deep Purple-Maroon centres and narrow Mid-Green margins

White in
July-September

"Clover".

Trillium cuneatum

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

18 x 12 (45 x 30)

Mid-Green marked pale or Silver-Green

Musk-scented Dark Maroon in
April-June

"Trinity Flower".

Trillium grandiflorum

Deciduous Rhizome below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

16 x 12 (40 x 30)

Dark Green

Pure White in
April-September

"Wake Robin".

Trillium grandiflorum

'Flore Pleno'

Deciduous Rhizome below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

16 x 12 (40 x 30)

Dark Green

Pure White in
April-September

 

Trillium luteum

Deciduous Rhizome below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

16 x 12 (40 x 30)

Mid-Green

Sweet-scented Golden or Bronze-Green in
April-June

"Wood Lily".
Use in Woodland garden.
Prefers acid soil.

Tritonia disticha

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

30 x 2 (75 x 5)

Dark Green

Orange-Red, Red or Pink in
August-September

 

Trollius x cultorum cultivars

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

36 x 18 (90 x 45)

Glossy Dark Green

Orange or Yellow in
May-August

"Globe Flower".

Tsuga canadensis
'Pendula'

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

144 x 300 (360 x 750)

Mid-Green

Cones

"Eastern Hemlock". Very effective hanging over a bank or wall.

Tsusiophyllum tanakae

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

20 x 8 (50 x 20)

Very hairy Dark Green

Hairy White in
July

 

Tulipa

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

24 x 6 (60 x 15)

Mid or Grey-Green

wide range of colours

"Tulip".
'Single Flowered' Tulips in the following groups are usefull for bees:-
Single Early Group,
Triumph Group,
Darwin Hybrid Group,
Lily-flowered Group,
Fringed Group,
Viridiflora Group,
Rembrandt Group,
Parrot Group,
Kaufmanniana Group,
Fosteriana Group and
Greigii Group.

See Tulips in the
Tulip Gallery

Typha minima

Marginal Aquatic Herbaceous Water Plant 24-72 inches (60-180 cms) in height

30 x 18 (75 x 45)

Dark Green

Dark Brown in
August-September

"Bulrush, Cat's Tail, Reedmace".

 

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.

DISCLAIMER: Links to external sites are provided as a courtesy to visitors. Ivydene Horticultural Services are not responsible for the content and/or quality of external web sites linked from this site.  

 

Topic
Case Studies
Companion Planting
Garden Construction
Garden Design
Garden Maintenance
Glossary
Home
Library
Offbeat Glossary

Plants *

Soil
Tool Shed
Useful Data

Topic - Plant Photo Galleries
Aquatic
Bamboo
Bedding
Bulb
Climber
Colour Wheel
Conifer
Deciduous Shrub
Deciduous Tree
Evergreen Perennial
Evergreen Shrub
Evergreen Tree
Fern
Grass
Hedging
Herbaceous Perennial
Herb
Odds and Sods

Rhododendron
Rose
Soft Fruit
Top Fruit
Vegetable
Wild Flower

Topic - Wildlife on Plant Photo Gallery
Butterfly

.

PLANTS PAGE
MENU
Introduction
Site Map
 

PLANT USE
Plant Selection
Level 1
Attracts Bird/Butterfly
Photos - Butterfly

Bee Pollinated Plants for Hay Fever Sufferers
Photos - Bloom per Month

Groundcover Height
0-24 inches
(0-60 cms)

24-72 inches
(60-180 cms)

Above 72 inches
(180 cms)

 

Poisonous Cultivated and UK Wildflower Plants with Photos
or
Cultivated Poisonous Plants

or
Wildflower Poisonous Plants


Rabbit-Resistant Plant
Flower Arranging
Wildflower
Photos - Wildflowers

 


PLANTS FOR SOIL
Plant Selection
Level 2
Info - Any Soil
Plants - Any Soil A-F
Plants - Any Soil G-L
Plants - Any Soil M-R
Plants - Any Soil S-Z

Info
- Chalky Soil
Plants - Chalky Soil A-F
Plants - Chalky Soil G-L
Plants - Chalky Soil M-R
Plants - Chalky Soil S-Z

Info - Clay Soil
Plants - Clay Soil A-F
Plants - Clay Soil G-L
Plants - Clay Soil M-R
Plants - Clay Soil S-Z

Info - Lime-Free Soil
Plants - Lime-Free Soil A-F
Plants - Lime-Free Soil G-L
Plants - Lime-Free Soil M-R
Plants - Lime-Free Soil S-Z

Info - Sandy Soil
Plants - Sandy Soil A-F
Plants - Sandy Soil G-L
Plants - Sandy Soil M-R
Plants - Sandy Soil S-Z

Info - Peaty Soils
Plants - Peaty Soil A-F
Plants - Peaty Soil G-L
Plants - Peaty Soil M-R
Plants - Peaty Soil S-Z

Following parts of Level 2a,
Level 2b,
Level 2c and
Level 2d are included in separate columns
together with
Acid Soil,
Alkaline Soil,
Any Soil,
Height and Spread,
Flowering Months and
Flower Colour in their Columns,
and also
Companion Plants to aid this plant Page,
Alpine Plant for Rock Garden Index Page
Native to UK WildFlower Plant in its Family Page in this website

and/or
Level 2cc
in the Comment Column
within each
of the Soil Type Pages of
Level 2

PLANTS PAGE MENU

 


Plant Selection by Plant Requirements
Level 2a
Sun aspect, Moisture


Plant Selection by Form
Level 2b
Tree Growth Shape
Shrub/Perennial Growth Habit


Plant Selection by Garden Use
Level 2c
Bedding
Photos - Bedding
Bog Garden
Coastal Conditions
Containers in Garden
Front of Border
Hanging Basket
Hedge
Photos - Hedging
Pollution Barrier
Rest of Border
Rock Garden
Photos - Rock Garden
Thorny Hedge
Windbreak
Woodland


Plant Selection by Garden Use
Level 2cc Others
Aquatic
Back of Shady Border
Crevice Garden
Desert Garden
Raised Bed
Scree Bed
Specimen Plant
Trees for Lawns
Trees for Small Garden
Wildflower
Photos - Wildflowers


Plant Selection by Plant Type
Level 2d
Alpine
Photos - Evergr Per
Photos - Herbac Per
Photos - RHS Herbac
Photos - Rock Garden
Annual
Bamboo
Photos - Bamboo
Biennial

Bulb
Photos - Bulb
Climber
Photos - Climber
Conifer
Deciduous Rhizome
Deciduous Shrub
Photos - Decid Shrub
Evergreen Perennial
Photos - Evergr Per
Evergreen Shrub
Photos - Evergr Shrub
Fern
Photos - Fern
Fruit Plant
Grass
Herb
Herbaceous Perennial
Photos - Herbac Per
Remaining Top Fruit
Soft Fruit
Sub-Shrub
Top Fruit
Tuber
Vegetable
Photos - Vegetable

 

 

 

 

Website Structure Explanation and User Guidelines

PLANTS PAGE MENU

 


REFINING SELECTION
Plant Selection by
Flower Colour
Level 3a
Blue Flowers
Photos - Bedding
Photos - Bulb
Photos - Climber
Photos - Evergr Per
Photos - Evergr Shrub
Photos - Wild Flower

Orange Flowers
Photos - Bedding
Photos - Wild Flower

Other Colour Flowers
Photos - Bedding
Photos - Bulb
Photos - Climber
Photos - Evergr Per
Photos - Evergr Shrub
Photos - Wild Flower

Red Flowers
Photos - Bedding
Photos - Bulb
Photos - Climber
Photos - Decid Shrub
Photos - Evergr Per
Photos - Evergr Shrub
Photos - Herbac Per
Photos - Rose
Photos - Wild Flower

White Flowers
Photos - Bedding
Photos - Bulb
Photos - Climber
Photos - Decid Shrub
Photos - Decid Tree
Photos - Evergr Per
Photos - Evergr Shrub
Photos - Herbac Per
Photos - Rose
Photos - Wild Flower

Yellow Flowers
Photos - Bedding
Photos - Bulb
Photos - Climber
Photos - Decid Shrub
Photos - Evergr Per
Photos - Evergr Shrub
Photos - Herbac Per
Photos - Rose
Photos - Wild Flower


Photos - 53 Colours in its Colour Wheel Gallery

Photos - 12 Flower Colours per Month in its Bloom Colour Wheel Gallery


Plant Selection by Flower Shape
Level 3b
Photos - Bedding
Photos - Evergr Per
Photos - Herbac Per


Plant Selection by Foliage Colour
Level 3c
Aromatic Foliage
Finely Cut Leaves
Large Leaves
Other
Non-Green Foliage 1
Non-Green Foliage 2
Sword-shaped Leaves

 


PRUNING
Plant Selection by Pruning Requirements
Level 4
Pruning Plants

 


GROUNDCOVER PLANT DETAIL
Plant Selection Level 5
Plant Name - A
Plant Name - B
Plant Name - C
Plant Name - D
Plant Name - E
Plant Name - F
Plant Name - G
Plant Name - H
Plant Name - I
Plant Name - J
Plant Name - K
Plant Name - L
Plant Name - M
Plant Name - N
Plant Name - O
Plant Name - P
Plant Name - Q
Plant Name - R
Plant Name - S
Plant Name - T
Plant Name - U
Plant Name - V
Plant Name - W
Plant Name - XYZ

 


Then, finally use
COMPANION PLANTING to
aid your plant selected or to
deter Pests
Plant Selection Level 6

 

To locate mail-order nursery for plants from the UK in this gallery try using search in RHS Find a Plant.

To locate plants in the European Union (EU) try using Search Term in Gardens4You and Meilland Richardier in France.

To locate mail-order nursery for plants from America in this gallery try using search in Plant Lust.

To locate plant information in Australia try using Plant Finder in Gardening Australia.