Ground cover plants ‘beat weeds’ and many of the plants recommended below will flower year after year. Plant healthy young plants from pots or modules about 12 inches apart and the fast growing ground cover will produce a dense carpet of colour for many years.
Ground Cover Selection
- grows strongly in my garden with bright orange flowers. Reds and whites are available.
- is grown for the foliage but it has flowers that are small and white
- carpatica is a low growing plant with bell shaped flowers in blue. Try the Alba variety for white flowers.
- Kamschaticum is dense low growing and flowers orange or yellow. Sedum spureum has larger flowers in burgundy red.
- is an old favourite that I have found takes time to get established but the scent and pink flowers may be worth waiting for.
- deltoides make pink cushions of flower and do well in chalky soil as does Gypsophylla prostrata.
- is a staple ground covering plant in many old cottage gardens and can be used to soften edges of paths.
- and Phlox subulata may also feature in the Cottage garden effect.