Basics on ground cover plants

Using ground cover plants for landscaping greatly increases your options for comfort and beauty. Hard to reach areas for mowing are perfect for ground coverings. Ground coverings spread quickly and require very little maintenance. That’s why they’ve become so popular over the years. Just make sure you have the right plants according to your local climate.

ground cover plants

turf grass

Actually, to be clear, lawn grass or turf is considered to be a ground covering. It is the most hardy of the grasses and plants. Many landscapers consider grass or lawn to be a luxury where it can be properly cared for.

Where lawn can’t be easily maintained is where other kinds of ground coverings come into play.

grass ground cover

There are many kinds of ground covering plants. The one thing they all have in common is that they grow thick and spread out.

Some varieties like full sun, others like partial sun and some like mostly shady areas.

Here are a few types that do really well in the sun.

sun ground cover


Violets are a hardy ground cover plant that thrives with a lot of sun. They can also handle moderate temperature fluctuations without damage.

Here are a few types of ground cover plants that do much better in shade.

shade ground cover

ivy for shade

This Ivy is a beautiful plant that grows really well in shady areas.

When you plant ground coverings, you want to prepare the soil quite well and lay some landscaping fabric or plastic down to fight off the weeds.

You just cut holes into the fabric where you put each plant. The ground covering will expand in a short time and will need to be pruned after a few years.

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