Looking to cover some space in your garden or landscape with a low growing shrub or flowering plant? Ground cover plants are the perfect option for you! You can buy ground covers online for your landscape.
Our common groundcovers 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 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 are evergreen and some may lose their leaves in the winter; while some are flowering ground covers 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.
How to Care for Ground Cover Plants
How to Plant Ground Cover
Your 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 shrub into the planting hole and backfill with native soil or you can amend with the soil you purchase. Water the shrub thoroughly and cover the root zone with a thick 2 inch layer of mulch to help retain moisture.
When to Plant Ground Cover
The best time to plant ground covers 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 they will have adequate time to establish roots through the active growing season before winter.
How to Water Ground Cover Plants
Most groundcover plants 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.
How to Fertilize Groundcovers
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.
The best ground covers to prevent weeds are hostas, Asiatic jasmine, or liriope as these plants will spread quickly in their planting areas and choke out weeds.
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 plant meaning it won't lose its leaves over winter.
Best Ground Cover 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!