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ground cover

Willowleaf Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster salicifolius repens Have a slope or hard-to-mow area? Willowleaf cotoneaster is an easy groundcovering shrub, pest resistant, and fast growing. In full sun it rewards the grower with bright red berries in the fall and into the winter. With increasing shade, there are fewer berries. In...

Annual vinca, Madagascar periwinkle

Catharanthus roseus ‘Cascade Lilac’ Low maintenance, good drought tolerance, and easy availability all help popularize annual vinca (not to be confused with Vinca major or Vinca minor , the evergreen ground covers.) A Madagascar native, annual vinca grows 1 ½ feet tall and wide, blooming...

Tiarella, Allegheny foamflower

Tiarella cordifolia Tiarella is royalty among native ground covers. Attractiveness peaks in late spring with bottlebush flowers arise with dainty white to pink “stars” on dark flower stalks. The maple leaf-shaped foliage slowly spreads to form a mat of overlapping leaves about 6-10 inches above the...

Featured Plants - Plantain-leaved Pussytoes

Plantain-leaved Pussytoes - Photo by Marian Hengemihle
Antennaria plantaginifolia When faced with difficult dry poor soils, consider pussytoes. There are several species of this native perennial ground cover, whose fuzzy white flower heads resemble the pads on a cat’s paw. It is primarily grown for its semi-evergreen gray-green foliage rather than its...

Featured Plants - Lamb's Ears

Lamb's Ears
Lamb’s Ears ‘Helene von Stein’ Stachys byzantine ‘Helene von Stein’ Don’t let the tender fuzzy leaves of Lamb’s ears fool you. This silvery groundcover, grown primarily for its foliage, stays attractive in both summer and winter. The soft velvet-like texture begs to be petted, making it perfect for...
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