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FutureStarrLow Purple Ground Cover
Looking to upgrade your flower beds, front yard, or footpaths with some new landscaping ideas this season? Then we suggest considering an oft-used, but occasionally overlooked greenery: ground cover plants! This category consists of a variety of low-growing low-maintenance perennials. Why use ground cover plants? They're great for adding color, preventing weeds, and avoiding soil erosion—and many plants are good choices for both sunny areas and darker spots (we've got tons of ideas for shade perennials here as well). We've also made sure to include options for light, moderate, and heavily trafficked areas of your yard. After all, there are few things more disheartening than coming up with a few genius backyard ideas—only to watch them get trampled on by your guests as they innocently traipse through your garden.
Whether you're a seasoned gardener looking for a few hardy plants that'll make it all the way through the winter months or are a novice still trying to understand annuals vs. perennials, you're in the right place. Our picks are comprehensive, thoughtful, and most of all beautiful—and each of these ground cover plants are proven winners for small backyards and English gardens alike. Just don't forget to check the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map before adding any of these plants to your outdoor space.Other benefits of ground cover plants are that they lock in moisture and act as an insulating cover for the soil. The blooming carpet of foliage and flowers help reduce maintenance in gardens as the low-growing plants reduce the need for mulch. Some hardy varieties of low-growing plants are suitable substitutes for grass that you can walk on.
Purple Lithodora ‘Grace Ward’ (Gromwell) is a variety of Lithodora with deep blue trumpet-shaped flowers and small linear green leaves. As a carpet-forming evergreen shrub, Lithodora diffusa is perfect for low-maintenance gardens where you need ground cover in full sun. The trailing stems with the dark green fuzzy leaves and purple-blue flowers make this an excellent hanging basket plant.The thick, succulent, drought-resistant leaves of sedums make them among the very best evergreen groundcovers. While there are literally hundreds of different varieties, if you plan to use this plant as a groundcover, look for low-growing varieties. Some of my favorites are Dragon’s Blood, Blue Spruce, and Lime Twister® because of their interesting foliage and flower colors. These ground-hugging sedums are evergreen in climates with milder winters, and semi-evergreen down to -20 degrees F. Reaching just 4 inches tall, they’re covered in blooms in late summer through fall. In my Pennsylvania garden, they’re evergreen through most of the winter. (Source: savvygardening.com)