When I moved into my new house in 2004, I dug up a lot of grass to increase the size of the borders. However, having done that I found I had less time for gardening than I expected. This meant it has felt hardwork keeping on top of the weeding. Therefore I have come to really appreciate the role of ground cover plants. The best thing about ground cover plants is that they reduce the time of weeding and prevent weeds from seeding. When you are ready to plant specific plants these ground cover plants are easy to cut down and replace. But, it is much better to have these ground cover plants than leaving blank soil. Blank soil is an invitation to nature to send some weeds along!
- Comfrey. The plant pictured here is comfrey. It really is an excellent plant and worth growing for its own sake. It has nice delicate flowers which attract bees. It also helps to make excellent compost, you can regularly cut down its leaves to add as accelerator layer to your compost and it will quickly grow back. As you can see from its dense coverage, it is also an excellent weed suppressor.
- Geraniums. Great at low growing ground cover. Just cut back after flowering
- Pulmonaria officinalis: Lungwort
- Mahonia aquifolium: (oregon Grape) shrub
- Hosta species as long as they don’t provide cover for slugs..
- Peltaria alliacea: Garlic cress
- Winter heathers
- Ivy – though can become invasive
Best Ground Cover Plants for Sun
Best Ground cover plants for Shade
- Comfrey (though will also do well in sun)