For slopes, shade or simply mass planting, Australian Native plant species include some excellent ground cover plants.
Low spreading or prostrate plants with dense growth are what we need for ground-covers. They help control erosion, keep weeds at bay and are attractive in their own right. For many Australian conditions, native plants are the answer.
When you are looking for native ground cover plants, those that create a thick matt and prevent weeds from poking through are high on the list.
Our Top Native Ground cover Plants
- Creeping Boobialla (Myoporum parvifolium), however this one comes in two forms, a thin leafed form and a thick leaf form.
Both are great ground covers however it is the thick leaf form, that is the better of the two. Both have white flowers from late spring through summer.
- Grevilleas are another, and here we are looking for the low growing prostrate forms. Look for Grevillea ‘Poorinda Royal Mantle’ and Grevillea lanigera ‘Mt Tamboritha’
Grevillea nudiflora is another to consider for well drained soils and full sun, low growing, good green foliage with red flowers to add to the attraction.
- Casuarina glauca also known as Cousin it is another one with really dense foliage, it looks great hanging over the edge of a garden wall and also makes an excellent ground cover plant for slopes and embankments.
Great for erosion control, and as it spreads to around 3m, its good coverage means less plants per metre. And this species will reach between 30 and 60 cm. A great ground cover for embankments.
- Westringia Fruticosa has a few prostrate forms, ‘Mundi’is one ‘Flat and Fruity’ is another.
- Scaevola albida and its cultivars such as ‘Mauve Carpet’ are a low growing shrub, dense and a good little flowering ground cover.
- Melaleuca ‘Ulladulla Beacon’ is a prostrate form of Melaleuca hypericifolia, a tough ground cover excellent for coastal situations.
- Adenanthos cuneatus Coral Carpet is a prostate form from the Sterling Ranges, tough and easy care.
- Hardenbergia violacea is best known as a climbing plant, however it can also be used as a ground cover, not as dense as some others, but easy to control and it does have great flowers. new cultivars have a denser and more compact habit.
- Rhagodia spinescens is another to look for and its the prostrate forms that make good ground covers. So look for ‘Aussie Flat Bush’.
- Carpobrotus glaucescens, call it pigface or iceplant, it is a creeping succulent and grows well in coastal conditions. ‘Aussie Rambler’ is a named variety to look for.
- Eremophila glabra is the emu bush and it has a number of prostate forms including ”Burgundy’ and ‘Kalbarri Carpet’
- Acacia cognata in is dwarf forms can spread for over a metre, covering a large area with dense foliage, great for filling in an area with a low maintenance ground cover.
- Callistemon ‘Candle Glow’ will only reach 50 – 60 cm high, spreading to nearly 3m and with good yellow flowers as well as soft green foliage.
- Chrysocephalum aplicatum – The Common Everlasting
One to be wary of.
Viola hederacea which is now Viola banksii, is one that is often recommended. however we find a little invasive for smaller gardens. If you have the right position, and can allow it to spread, its great. If you want to contain it, it can be a problem and is very difficult to remove.
That being said, they do make a good lawn for shaded areas they can work well, however in a drought, they do not perform that well.
A – Z List of Australian Native Ground cover plants
- Acacia cognata
- Acacia Honey Bun
- Acacia glaucoptera
- Acacia hilliana
- Acacia myrtifolia
- Actinotus helanthii
- Austromyrtus dulcsis
- Banksia blechnifolia
- Banksia gardneri
- Banksia integrifolia x B. paludosa
- Banksia leptophylla
- Banksia media
- Banksia meissneri
- Banksia petiolaris
- Banksia pilostylis
- Banksia repens
- Banksia spinulosa ‘Coastal Cushion’
- Beaufortia schaueri
- Boronia ‘Shark Bay’
- Bossiaea cinerea
- Brachysema praemorsum ‘Bronze Butterfly’
- Callistemon citrinus ‘Firebrand’
- Carpobrotus glaucescens
- Casuarina glauca prostrata
- Chorizema cordata
- Correa reflexa ‘Dusky Bells’
- Correa alba var pannosa ‘Western Pink Star’
- Correa pulchella
- Crowea Pink Star
- Diamondia margarete
- Dryandra calophylla
- Dryandra (Banksia) drummondii
- Eremophila glabra
- Gastrolobium sericeum
- Goodenia macmillanii
- Goodenia ovata ‘Gold Cover’
- Grevillea ‘Bronze Rambler’
- Grevillea ‘juniperina ‘Gold Cluster’
- Grevillea “gold Cluster’
- Grevillea ‘Poorinda Royal Mantle’
- Grevillea juniperina
- Grevillea lanigera ‘Mt Tamboritha’
- Grevillea obtusifolia ‘Gin Gin Gem
- Hakea ceratophylla
- Hakea conchifolia
- Hakea flabellifolia
- Hakea incrassata
- Hardenbergia violaceae
- Hemiandra pungens
- Hibbertia aspera
- Hibbertia stellaris
- Homoranthus flavescens
- Isopogon anemonifolius
- Kennedia beckxiana
- Kunzea pomifera
- Leptospermum ‘Horizontalis’
- Leptospermum rupestre
- Lomatia tinctoria
- Melaleuca densa
- Melaleuca pulchella
- Myoporum parvifolium ‘Yareena’
- Persoonia chamaepitys
- Prostanthera denticulata
- Protea amplexicaulis
- Protea nana
- Protea venusta
- Rhagodia spinescens
- Rulingia hermanniifolia
- Scaevola albiba
- Templetonia retusa Prostrate ‘Cockies Tongue’
- Westringia fruticosa