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Oh, how glorious groundcovers can be. For every focal point plant, architectural specimen, standout shrub or showy bloomer, there's a hard-working “supporting actor,” playing its part at their feet. Groundcovers are hardworking with few complaints, and on occasion, they’ve been known to steal the show. We use groundcovers extensively in our demo beds to smooth over patchy spots, cover up knobby ankles and spectacularly spill over the edge of rock walls and containers. You don't know how much you need them, until you plant them and see how beautifully they tie the garden together!

Many groundcovers make terrific lawn replacement plants that require far less water and maintenance. No mowing, YEAH! Spreading by stolons, roots or shoots, they can form a weed-supressing mat that not only keeps out unwanted seedlings, but helps stabilize loose soil on hillsides and slopes. Some are choice for hot parking strips, difficult spaces and even dry shade. Others can handle a little light foot-traffic and are perfect between pavers and along paths.

We’ve featured some of our favorites here but you can also check out our complete list of groundcovers on our website. See what they can do for you!

Basil herbalea 'Wild Magic'
Osteospermum 'Zion Copper Amethyst'
Plectranthus neochilus

A TOUGH AS NAILS, long-blooming, snail proof, aromatic groundcover. Flowers like crazy Spring thru Fall creating a soft haze of long-lasting attractive purpley-blue 3” spikelets loved by bees. Grows quickly to 12” tall and 3’ wide. It’s a smart choice for carefree edging in sun or shade and dry difficult spots. Fills the air with a heady ganja scent when watered. Be sure to give it decent drainage and compost regularly. Protect under 32°.

Perennial USDA zones 8-10

Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’

Liquid gold for a dull shady corner! Not invasive like the common green type, “Golden Pennywort” forms a low super dense weed-suppressing mat to only 2” tall and 2’ wide, filling in bare spots and weaving itself between plants. This is one groundcover that really does what it’s supposed to do! It’s a primo choice for cascading over the edge of a bed, barrel, hanging basket or trailing into a pond. EASY, fairly fast and low maintenance.

Perennial USDA zones 5-10

Geum coccineum ‘Totally Tangerine’ Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’
Monardella villosa 'Russian River'

Edge a low to NO-WATER path with this minty, fragrant native sub-shrub. More vigorous than the plain species, you get a nice semi-evergreen, small-scale groundcover to 15” tall x 2’ wide and plentiful, showy 2” rich lavender puffballs all Summer long. Tolerant of CLAY-ISH soil (not hardpan), also thrives on rocky slopes and under oaks! Stays greener and blooms longer with some Summer water. Used as a tea for sore throats.

Perennial USDA zones 6-10

Heuchera maxima “Alum Root”

My favorite Heuchera! Why? Because it blooms so much and for such a long time – early Spring into Summer – with cream and soft pink spikes up to 20” and foliage that looks great year around. Rich green leaves form a dense mound to 14” tall x 30” across. This California native thrives under oaks and looks best in bright shade to part sun. Drought tolerant but shines with a little water and compost. Deer resistant!

Perennial USDA zones 8-10

Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius' Callistemon 'Cane’s Hybrid'
Satureja douglasii “Yerba Buena”

Well, I just think you have to grow some “Yerba Buena”. CLAY, SAND and SHADE TOLERANT, it also grows under oaks and makes a lush, flat, evergreen groundcover for shade, spreading to 6’ across and up to 2" tall. Fantastic used as a trailer, especially over a shady wall, you can even grow it in a hanging basket. The rich, green, scalloped leaves are held oppositely on the stems and little, flaring, tubular, white to purple flowers appear Summer thru Fall. Easy, tough and long lived, it smells heavenly and makes a healthful and tasty, mint-like tea. Used medicinally by native people for indigestion, insomnia, fevers, colds, arthritic pain and toothaches. Very pretty and deer resistant, too! It’s perfect in every way!

Perennial Shrub USDA Zones 7-10

Origanum vulgare ‘Compacta Nana’

Small, compact and so strikingly pretty that many people don’t realize that they also have a very fine culinary herb. A treasured gift from the late Gary Matson of Redding, CA it grows into an incredibly tight mound, slowly spreading to 2-3’ wide and the only maintenance required is a shearing in the Winter when the 10” flower stems finish blooming. It looks terrific spreading on mounds or spilling over edges of bed and pots. In the early Summer the bees line up at the 1” clusters of rosy pink flowers and you can use the florets as nice addition to salads. The 1/4” wide and 1/2” wide leaves are superb in any dish requiring oregano. Give the plant reasonably well-drained soil (some clay is OK).

Perennial USDA Zones 5-10

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