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groundcover

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...

Autumn Fern

Dryopteris erythrosora There is no denying that a blanket of ferns in a woodland garden is a beautiful sight. Autumn fern provides an extra ornamental value. Early in spring, new copper-red fronds, which are very autumnal in color, emerge from the center of the plant. Mature fronds are a deep,...

Pennsylvania Sedge

Carex pensylvanica Unlike most sedges that prefer wet areas, this native groundcover is one of those rare finds that is excellent for dry locations in part shade. It forms soft grassy clumps of narrow bright green leaves about 10 inches high with a spread of 12-18 inches. Reddish brown thimble-...

Sweet box

Sarcococca hookerana var. humilis This groundcover shrub is prized for its impeccable good looks and restraint but it also provides a little surprise. In late winter, its small white blooms open. Not showy but they pack a potent honeysuckle-like perfume, hence its name. The thick foliage is a...

Willowleaf Cotoneaster

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

Christmas Fern

Polystichum acrostichoides Christmas fern stays glossy and evergreen in winter when most ferns have shriveled and gone dormant. In spring, new fronds grow stiffly upright. Hard frosts and snows push them down, but even then they remain effective in the landscape. With their creeping rhizomes, and...

Wood Spurge

Wood Spurge
Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae Wood spurge makes a low maintenance evergreen perennial groundcover for a wide range of conditions. Dark green, glossy leathery leaves grow in tight rosettes on the stems. In early spring, lime green bracts appear on stalks 12 inches above the foliage and almost...

Featured Plants - Wave petunias

Photo by Debbie Ricigliano
Petunia x hybrida Wave® petunias hybrids are a huge improvement over the old-fashioned petunias of yesteryear. One big advantage is that they do not need to be deadheaded or cut back to keep them flowering until fall frost. Their carpet of vibrant pink, purple or white flowers truly earns the name...
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