10 Great Groundcover Plants You Should Grow in Your Garden

Groundcovers add a charm to plain and boring garden space. Check out these 10 best ground plants you should grow in your garden.

Groundcovers add a charm to plain and boring garden space. Check out these 10 best ground plants you should grow in your garden.

When you feel like tossing a rug over your yard and calling it good, count on groundcover plants. These dependable, hardworking plants carpet the ground with minimal fuss. Sure, you still need to water, weed, and feed them, but they’re quick-fix solutions for many landscape problems.

You can find groundcovers that control erosion, blanket a hillside, or thrive in dry conditions while still complementing your home and garden. Some are evergreen, while others lose their foliage in winter. A few groundcovers tolerate foot traffic. After all, turfgrass is a groundcover!

1. Thyme

Zones: 5-9

If it’s dry, it’s time for thyme. This aromatic groundcover or upright plant excels in beds, borders, and containers. The woody-stem plant features tiny, fragrant leaves and flowers that can be used fresh or dried. Creeping varieties can handle moderate foot traffic. Tuck plants between the stepping-stones of a garden path. Plant thyme in full sun and well-drained soil.

2. Sedums

Zones: 3-10

You may already grow tall sedums. But did you know many wonderful creeping types form dense mats only 3 inches tall? With succulent leaves and stems, sedums can thrive in low-water situations, and they bloom in shades of white, pink, red, purple, yellow, or orange, depending on the variety. Sedums are prized for use in green roofs and living walls because they are so adaptable. They perform best in full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil.

3. Sweet woodruff

Zones: 4-8

Sweet woodruff is one of those rare plants that flourishes in dense shade. Plant it under trees and shrubs where its tiny white spring flowers will bloom about the same time as crabapples. Reaching 6-12 inches tall, sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum) behaves nicely, forming well-behaved clumps of deciduous green foliage on upright stems.

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