Ground cover plants are simply plants that grow close to the ground, what they are used for includes :
- To form a dense mat and help with suppressing weeds.
- To create a cover of flowers near ground level.
- As low growing foliage plants.
- They can also act as a ‘living mulch’ and help preserve moisture in the soil.
- To act as erosion control plants.
- As a lawn or grass alternative.
So with plants that flower, have great foliage, some that attract bees and insects, some that suppress weeds and others that have environmental uses they are varied in use.
It is often said that they grow outward rather than upwards, this is sort of true, however they also vary greatly in height. Some, such as the low growing Banksias are highly ornamental as well. Others such as Gardenia augusta ‘Radicans’ have great fragrant flowers as well.
Some can be grown from seed, others can be mowed, some are pruned and some can be grown in containers, they are versatile and very useful in the garden.
We list an A – Z of ground cover plants, we also include plants that are suited to different climate and soil conditions.
Ground Cover plants list for shade in Australia :
Some of the best ground cover plants for shade include : Hosta, Bergenia, Epimedium, Cornus canadensis, Parthenocissus, Potentilla, Ferns including Athyrium, Brunnera, Helleborus, Pultenea pedunculata and Tiarella all make great ground cover plants.
Ground Cover plant list for sun:
Achillea, Armemaria, Arabis, Coreopsis, Dampiera Diversifolia, Euphorbia, Gazania, Nepeta x faassenii (cat mint), Stachys byzantina ( Lamb’s Ear), Low growing or Dwarf Conifers are also excellent. Thymus longicaulis or creeping thyme, Verbena and Veronica all work well as ground covers.
Drought resistant round Cover plants list:
Acacia redolens is an interesting low growing acacia, fairly dense and shrubby reachin 1m, works well as a ground cover plant. Hardenbergia violacea, Myoporum parvifolium (Creeping Boobialla) is dense growing and tough, look for the new cultivar Myoporum parvifolium Yareena, also try Chrysocephalum apiculatum, or Yellow Buttons.
Conifers as Ground Cover Plants
Low growing conifers such as Juniperus Squamata Prostrata make outstanding ground covers.
Ground cover plants are available for sale from the following suppliers
357 Monbulk Road SILVAN VIC 3795
Guaranteed "garden worthy" bulbs, plants and perennials. Visit the website to browse our large range of daffodils or request the latest free catalogue.
395 Lesters Rd Ascot VIC 3364 - phone (03) 53434303
Specialising in beautiful perennials & bulbs including new releases from Europe & USA. Many hardy, rare & difficult to find ‘drought hardy’ plants, quality vegetable & flower seeds.
P O Box 398 Creswick Vic 3363
Retail & Mail Order Specialist Growers of Heritage Roses, Unusual Perennials, Tree & Herbaceous Peonies. Mail order and Nursery Sales.
We offer a wide range of quality plants (seedlings to advanced trees) delivered straight to your door. No minimum required and quality assured. We deliver Victoria wide and can plant for you too.
CNR Sherbrooke & Mt Dandenong Tourist Rds Ferny Creek. VIC 3786
Conifers, Magnolias, Maples, Dogwoods and Buxus.
470 Monbulk-Silvan Road Monbulk VIC 3793
"Guaranteed mail order flowering bulbs, perennials, roses, trees, landscaping plants, garden accessories and community fundraising Austra lia-wide."
'Umbango' 750 Humula Rd, Humula NSW 2652
Phone 0408692773 Great Range of Perennial plants available for sale by mail order.
52 Rodd St Canowindra NSW 2804
An online nursery specialising in drought and frost tolerant perennials and fragrant, edible and herbs.
Ground Cover Plant Ideas and Tips
Ground cover plants are not really suitable for use in high traffic areas, use stepping stones as a ‘natural pathway’ through areas of ground cover plants.
When establishing an area of ground cover, pay particular attention to weeding during the first few years. This will dramatically cut down on weed problems later on.
Mulch between plantings to prevent weeds, ground covers that will clump and spread however may need a finer mulch to allow the natural spreading process.
Consider mixing and contrasting species to add a variety of textures and colours where appropriate.
List of Ground Cover Plants
- Acacia Cognata – Low growing forms
- Carpobotrus glaucescens (Pigface)
- Casuarina ‘Cousin It’
- Conifers (low growing)
- Dichondra Repens
- Eremophila Kalbarri Carpet
- Ornamental Grasses
- Stachys byzantina (Lambs Ears )
- Stachys thirikei (Miniature Lambs Ears )
- Westringia fruticosa (prostrate forms)