There many different types of ground cover. Several
are evergreen ground covers. Some are deciduous but will
grow and fill in rapidly each year.
Purple Wintercreeper is an excellent choice as an
evergreen ground cover plant. I say evergreen but
the leaves actually turn purple in the winter.
This plant is hardy in zones 4-8 and will take full
sun to full shade. The growth habit of Wintercreeper is
reported as 4" - 6" tall but I have some that is over
12". Purple Wintercreeper will spread indefinitely by
rooting stems and forms a bushy mat. It can spread quite
rapidly once established and will climb vertical
surfaces if given the chance.
Although Purple Wintercreeper will flower they are
usually very sparse and barely noticeable. It can be
pruned to grow within a specific growing area or just
let it go to cover larger areas.
Low growing shrubs like Junipers are a widely used type of ground
cover plant that is evergreen. Blue Rug Juniper is a moderate
grower and requires very little care and can tolerate
poor soils. The Blue Rug Juniper needs full sun and well
drained soils. Most Junipers are slow to moderate
Vinca Minor, Periwinkle, is a shade tolerant evergreen ground cover plant. It is an ideal selection for shady areas like under trees where grass has a problem growing. In May, Periwinkle is covered in lavendar blue flowers. It grows to about 4 or 5 inches tall and tolerates poor soil. An ideal selection for slopes, rock gardens, beneath shrubs and other shady areas.
Several varieties of
will also create an evergreen
ground cover for slopes and other areas.
There are several herbs in the picture to the left. Not
all of them are good ground covers. The predominant
evergreen types of ground cover are Thyme and Oregano.
Ornamental grassess are also used as
ground cover. They come in a variety of sizes and
colors. Pampas Grass is a large variety growing up to
about 8 feet tall in most cases. The Blue Fescue on the
other hand, is normally less than a foot high. Most
decorative grasses take little care but some people like
to cut back the pampas grass from time to time.
Here's a small list of ground covers although not all of them are
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