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

Vaccinium angustifolium var. laevifolium

Fruit Deciduous Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

18 x 18 (45 x 45)

Glossy Dark Green turn Red in Autumn

White in
May-June

"Lowbush Blueberry". Edible Blue-Black berries.

Vaccinium caespitosum

Fruit Deciduous Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

6 x 24 (15 x 60)

Dark Green

White to Pink in
June-July

"Dwarf Bilberry".
Edible Blue-Black berries.

Vaccinium corymbosum

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

60 x 60 (150 x 150)

Mid-Green turn Yellow or Red in Autumn

White sometimes Pinktinged in
June-July

"Highbush Blueberry, Swamp Blueberry". Edible Blue-Black berries.

Vaccinium crassifolium

Fruit Evergreen Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

18 x 36 (45 x 90)

Dark Green

White to Pink or Rose-Red in
June-July

"Creeping Blueberry". Edible Purple-Black berries.

Vaccinium cylindraceum

Evergreen Shrub above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

96 x 72 (210 x 180)

Glossy Dark Green

Red-tinged Green in
September-October

 

Vaccinium delavayi

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

24 x 36 (60 x 90)

Dark Green , Red-tinged when young

Creamy-White in
July

 

Vaccinium macrocarpon

Fruit Evergreen Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

6 x indefinite (15 x indefinite)

Dark Green, Bronze in Winter

Pink in
July-September

"Cranberry".
Edible Red berries.

Vaccinium myrtillus

Fruit Deciduous Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

12 x indefinite (30 x indefinite)

Bright Green colouring Red in Autumn

Pink in
June-July

"Bilberry, Whinberry, Whortleberry".
Edible Blue-Black berries.

Vaccinium vitis-idaea
'Koralle'

Evergreen Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

8 x 12 (20 x 30)

Glossy Dark Green

White to Deep Pink in
June-July

"Cowberry".

Verbascum
'Cotswold Beauty'

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

48 x 18 (120 x 45)

Grey-Green..

Amber in
June-July

"Mullein".

Verbascum
'Gainsborough'

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

48 x 12 (120 x 30)

Grey-Green

Soft Yellow in
July-September

"Mullein".

Verbascum dumulosum

Evergreen Alpine below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

10 x 16 (25 x 40)

Grey-Green-Yellow in Summer and Autumn. Grey-Green in Winter and Spring.

Bright Yellow
in June-July

"Mullein".
Sub-Shrub

Verbena 'Sissinghurst'

Herbaceous Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

8 x 36 (20 x 90)

Dark Green

Magenta-Pink in
June-November

 

Veronica gentianoides

Herbaceous Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

18 x 18 (45 x 45)

Dark Green

Pale Blue in
July

"Speedwell".

Veronica pectinata

Evergreen Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

8 x 8 (20 x 20)

Grey

White-eyed Deep Blue in
July-September

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"Speedwell".

Veronica peduncularis

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

4 x 24 (10 x 60)

Glossy Purple-tinged, Mid-Green

Deep Blue with White eyes in
April-September

"Speedwell". Herbaceous Perennial

Veronica spicata

Herbaceous Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

18 x 18 (45 x 45)

Mid-Green

Bright Blue in
July-September

"Speedwell".

Vestia foetida

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

72 x 60 (180 x 150)

Glossy Dark Green

Pale Yellow in
May-August

 

Viburnum
'Pragense'

Evergreen Shrub above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

120 x 120 (300 x 300)

Glossy Dark Green

White in
June

 

Viburnum carlesii
 

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

72 x 72 (180 x 180)

Dark Green turn Red in Autumn

Very Fragrant White or Pink-flushed White in
May-June

Red fruit.

Viburnum davidii

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

48 x 48 (120 x 120)

Dark Green turn Yellow or Red in Autumn

White in
June

Metallic-Blue fruit.

Viburnum opulus 'Compactum'

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

60 x 60 (150 x 150)

Dark Green in Spring and Summer, Red in Autumn

White in
June-July

"Guelder Rose". Produces Red fruit.

Viburnum rhytidophyllum

Evergreen Shrub above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

180 x 144 (450 x 360)

Glossy Dark Green

Creamy-White in
June

 

Viburnum sargentii
'Onondaga'

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

72 x 72 (180 x 180)

Dark Bronze-Purple in Spring, Dark Green in Summer, Red-Purple in Autumn

Pink-flushed White in
June

Bright Red fruit.

Viburnum tinus

Evergreen Shrub above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

120 x 120 (300 x 300)

Dark Green

White in
March-June

"Laurustinus".
Dark Blue-Black fruit.

Viburnum tinus
'Eve Price'

Evergreen Shrub above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

120 x 120 (300 x 300)

Dark Green

White in
March-June

 

Viburnum tinus
'Gwenllian'

Evergreen Shrub above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

120 x 120 (300 x 300)

Dark Green

Pink-flushed White in
March-June

Dark Blue-Black fruit.

Viburnum x bodnantense
'Dawn'

Deciduous Shrub above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

120 x 72 (300 x 180)

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

Heavily scented Pink in
December-April

 

Vinca difformis

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

12 x indefinite (30 x indefinite)

Glossy Dark Green

Pale Blue to White in
March-April

"Periwinkle".
 

Vinca major

Evergreen Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

18 x indefinite (45 x indefinite)

Dark Green

Blue-Violet or Dark Violet in
May-October

"Greater Periwinkle".

Vinca major
'Maculata'

Evergreen Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

18 x indefinite (45 x indefinite)

Dark Green with Yellow-Green centres

Blue-Violet or Dark Violet in
May-October

"Greater Periwinkle".

Vinca major
'Variegata'

Evergreen Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

18 x indefinite (45 x indefinite)

Dark Green margined Creamy-White

Blue-Violet or Dark Violet in
May-October

"Greater Periwinkle".

Vinca minor

Evergreen Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

6 x indefinite (15 x indefinite)

Dark Green

Blue-Violet in
May-October

"Lesser Periwinkle".

Vinca minor
'La Grave'

Evergreen Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

6 x indefinite (15 x indefinite)

Dark Green

Lavender-Blue in
May-October

"Lesser Periwinkle".

Vinca minor
'Gertrude Jekyll'

Evergreen Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

8 x 12 (20 x 30)

Dark Green

White in
May-October

"Lesser Periwinkle".

Vinca minor
'Multiplex'

Evergreen Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

6 x indefinite (15 x indefinite)

Dark Green

Plum-Purple in
May-October

"Lesser Periwinkle".

Vinca minor
'Variegata'

Evergreen Shrub below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

6 x indefinite (15 x indefinite)

Dark Green with Creamy-White margins

Light Violet-Blue in
May-October

"Lesser Periwinkle".

Viola 'Jackanapes'

Evergreen Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

5 x 12 (12 x 30)

Bright Green

Violet-Purple with Golden-Yellow in
June-September

"Pansy, Violet".

Viola cornuta

Evergreen Perennial below 24 inches (60 cms) in height

3 x 8 (7 x 20)

Dark Green

Slightly scented Lilac-Blue with White markings in
April-August

"Horned Violet, Viola".

Vitis coignetiae

Deciduous Climber above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

600 x indefinite (1500 x indefinite)

Dark Green above, thickly Brown-felted beneath, turn Bright Red in Autumn

Green in July-September

"Vine".
Unpalatable Blue-Black grapes.

Vitis vinifera
'Purpurea'

Deciduous Climber above 72 inches (180 cms) in height

276 x 48 (690 x 120)

Grey-hairy in Spring, Plum-Purple in Summer, Dark Purple in Autumn

Pale Green in
June-August

"Vine".
Unpalatable Purple Grapes.

 

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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