Looking to cover some space in your garden or landscape with a low growing shrub or flowering plant? Our ground cover plants for sale are the perfect option for you! You can buy them online whether your landscape calls for sun-loving or shade ground cover plants.
Our common groundcover plants for sale are nice on the eyes, low growing, and spread to the area they are planted in, low maintenance, and drought tolerant once the root systems establish. These plants help control weed growth and loss of soil due to erosion.
Most of these groundcover plants and shrubs are fast growing in nature and will spread in a clumping habit. Each plant listing will tell you whether they are shade ground covers or for planting in full sun. They are all different!
Some ground cover plants are evergreen and some may lose their leaves in the winter; while some are perennial ground cover plants and shrubs that produce colorful flowers in the spring and summer months. The Asiatic Jasmine ground cover is unique because it is a woody vine.
Why use plain old grass when you can cover your planting site, hill or slope, areas underneath trees, or other spots that are difficult to plant in with ground cover plants.
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How to Care for Ground Cover Plants
How to Plant Ground Cover
Your ground cover plants will arrive rooted in soil in a nursery container. Give them a good watering before planting to ensure the root ball stays moist. You can loosen up the roots surrounding the root ball if it is entangled. Dig a hole at least twice the size of the pot it came in. Place the ground cover plant into the planting hole and backfill with native soil or you can amend with the soil you purchase. Water the plant or shrub thoroughly and cover the root zone with a thick 2 inch layer of mulch to help retain moisture.
When to Plant Ground Cover Plants
The best time to plant ground cover is in spring or fall. They will need at least 6 weeks before the first frost to establish roots if you are planting in fall. Spring is the optimum time as your ground cover plants will have adequate time to establish roots through the active growing season before winter.
How to Water Ground Cover Plants
Most groundcover plants, especially our ground cover shrubs, are drought tolerant once established. That being said, it's extremely important to water thoroughly and regularly the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. Shade groundcovers will need less frequent watering, and ground covers for the sun will need more frequent watering.
Do Ground Cover Plants Need Full Sun?
There are a wide variety of ground covers that do best in full sun. Since the nature of the plant is to cover a large area, some parts of your ground cover plants are bound to get more sunlight than other areas. Many types of juniper shrubs like the Blue Rug and the Old Gold make great ground covers that thrive in full or near-full sun.
How to Fertilize Ground Covers
The best fertilizer for ground cover shrubs is a slow release fertilizer that will gradually release nutrients to the soil and roots over the course of 1 year.
Do Ground Cover Plants Spread?
Yes. Most ground cover plants will spread via their underground roots. While other plants may need to be contained to prevent spread, oftentimes planters will want their ground covers to spread across a fixed area to add to the aesthetic.
What are the Benefits of Ground Cover Vines?
Ground cover vines, while beautiful on their own, are often used to reduce erosion along the side of a slope or hill. Some ground cover vines are also used to kill weeds by taking up all of their sunlight and nutrients.
The best ground cover plants to prevent weeds are hostas, Asiatic jasmine, or liriope as these plants will spread quickly in their planting areas and choke out weeds.
What is the Best Low Maintenance Ground Cover?
Many of our ground cover plants for sale at Perfect Plants are relatively low maintenance once planted. Creeping Lilyturf Liriope Spicata and Shenandoah Switch Grass are examples of ground covers that need little attention aside from light watering during the first few months.
Ground Covers with Flowers
The most popular groundcovers with flowers would be Drift roses and Knock Out roses, hostas, liriope, and daylilies. These are perennial ground covers and the foliage and flowers will come back year after year.
Fast Growing Ground Covers
The fastest growing groundcover we have is the Asiatic jasmine which can quickly cover an area in just 1 growing season. It is also an evergreen ground cover vine meaning it won't lose its leaves over winter.
Best Ground Cover Plants for Shade
The best groundcovers for shade would be hostas that thrive in full shade to partial shade. Most hosta varieties do not tolerate full sun at all, and if they do get sun... morning sun is best.
Best Ground Cover for Slopes
The best groundcovers for slopes are shrubs that will spread quickly such as Asiatic Jasmine, spreading yew, daylilies, or ornamental grasses.
What to Plant Under Trees as a Ground Cover
Any of these types of groundcovers are perfect to plant under trees. They do not have big or invasive roots and will compliment trees in the landscape perfectly!
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