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Groundcovers are low-growing plants that serve many different purposes in the landscape. They limit weed growth, stabilize slopes, and add interest and texture to your yard. Plus, unlike lawn, groundcover plants don’t have to be mowed. However, in colder climates, many groundcovers die back and go dormant during the winter months. This leaves the ground bare and exposed, opening it up to potential weed issues and soil erosion. If you’d like to provide year-round cover for a particular garden area, turn to evergreen groundcover varieties for the job. These beautiful, hard-working plants have so much to offer.
While pachysandra, ivy, and myrtle/periwinkle are among the most common evergreen groundcover plants, you’ll notice all three of them are absent from the list of varieties I’m about to introduce you to. Yes, those three groundcover species are good choices for a broad range of climates, but, well…. let’s talk frankly here… they are everywhere. If you’re anything like me, I’d much rather have a hardy, gorgeous evergreen groundcover that’s not already blanketing every other garden in my neighborhood.This low-growing, shrubby perennial produces purple-pink flower spires in the summer. It’s drought tolerant, pollinator-friendly, and it can be pruned heavily to form a mini-hedge if you’d like to use it to edge beds, too. Wall germander grows 1-2 feet tall and is hardy to -20 degrees F. Oh, and the deer don’t like it, making it a favorite, if underused, evergreen groundcover for gardens.
This clump-forming evergreen groundcover is ideal for sloped sites or for garden beds under large trees with extensive root systems. Varieties with a solid green leaf are pretty, but I find the variegated form to be extra special. Hardy down to -30 degrees F, and reaching about 6 inches tall, lilyturf produces spires of purple flowers in the spring. It’s tough and relatively fast-spreading, making it a wonderful year-round groundcover. Cut any dead growth back in the spring to generate fresh new growth each season. (Source for lilyturf) With its arborvitae-like needles and soft texture, Siberian cypress is a shrubby evergreen groundcover for shady areas. Though the needles are green in the spring and summer, come fall, they turn a gorgeous bronze-orange. These plants make serious slope covers for shady garden sites and are hardy down to -40 degrees F. Mine reach about 18 inches in height. (Siberian cypress source) (Source: savvygardening.com)