Ground Covers

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Algerian Ivy
Native to the Canary Islands, Mediterranean region of North Africa. A fast-growing, self-clinging climber or ground cover. Leaves are dark green, ovate to triangular, glossy, 5" to 8" wide, 3 to 5 shallow lobes.

Armeria
Native to Europe, North America. With its tidy mound of grassy foliage and profusion of rose-pink spherical flowers mounds spread to 1'. Kept deadheaded, flowering will continue throughout much of the summer.

Baccharis 'Thompson'
An evergreen shrub with a mounding, trailing habit. A hybrid between B. sarothroides and B. pilularis. Leaves are dark green, simple, alternate, oblanceolate, 1/4" long, 2/16" wide. Flowers are inconspicuous and do not produce the fluff that B. Centennial does. A tough durable shrub that is tolerant of heat, wind, and poor soil. Good for erosion control and exposed areas.

Cotoneaster Gray
Native to China, Northern India. A medium size, dense evergreen shrub with an arching growth habit. Leaves are dark gray-green above, bluish-white beneath, simple, alternate, ovate, 1/2" long, 1/4" wide. Clusters of white flowers in spring followed by dark red berries in autumn and winter. Good shrub for an informal hedge.

Cotoneaster Lowfast
Native to China, Northern India. A low, spreading semi-evergreen shrub with a trailing growth habit. Leaves are dark green above, whitish-gray beneath, alternate, simple, elliptic to elliptic-oblong 4/5" to 1 3/5" long, 1/4" to 5/8" wide. Foliage turns an orange-red to gold in autumn. white blooms in summer, followed by red berries in winter. Very fast growth rate.

 

Coyote Bush Dwarf
Native to northern California Coast. A very dependable hardy, evergreen groundcover. Leaves are small, toothed, closely set on branches, about 1/2" long. Makes a dense bright green mat that is very adaptable to many types of conditions. Low maintenance.

Creeping Germander

Native to the Mediterranean. A shrubby perennial with upright, woody-based stems. Leaves are dark green, ovate, toothed, 3/4" long, 1/4" wide. Flowers are purple-red, in whorls on loose spikes, 1/2" to 3/4" long in summer. Small compact size good for small edging or walkways.

Dalea Sierra Gold
Native of Mexico. A hardy, semi-evergreen groundcover. Leaves are light green, obovate, alternate, bipinnately compound, 9 -13 leaflets, aromatic. Flowers are yellow spikes spring through autumn. Has a mounding, trailing habit and is very drought tolerant. Good for erosion control.

 

Dalea Trailing Indigo Bush
A semi-evergreen ground cover with a mounding habit. Leaves are silver-gray leaflets on long stems that root at nodes. Purple blooms appear in mid to late autumn. A good ground cover for rocky slopes and exposed areas. No maintenance required and extremely drought tolerant.

Damianita
Native to Mexico. A low growing evergreen or semi-evergreen shrub with many stems rising in a mounded form from a woody base. Leaves are tiny, needlelike, smooth and aromatic. Bright yellow daisy like flowers bloom profusely in spring and autumn. An excellent border plant, especially showy in mass plantings.

English Ivy

Native of Europe. A vigorous, evergreen, self-clinging climber or ground cover. Leaves are dark green, 2" to 4" wide and long, 3 to 5 lobes. Does best in morning sun, afternoon shade.

Euonymus colorata
Purple-leaf winter creeper 2’ high and 6’ to 8’ wide sprawling growth habit with even cover leaves turn purple in the fall and winter. Versatile ground cover for sunny or shady areas in the landscape. Also effective as an edger along paths or sidewalks, as a slope cover where it can also provide erosion control, as a foundation planting or as an ivy-like climbing vine for covering walls, chimneys or fences.

Gazania Trailing

Grows as tall as clumping Gazania, but has a rapidly spreading growth habit. Leaves are gray-green, lanceolate, 1 1/4" long, 1/2" wide. Flowers are bright yellow, daisy-like, 3" to 4" wide. Evergreen and very drought tolerant.  

Hearts and Flowers
A fast growing, very popular perennial succulent commonly used as a ground cover. It has a trailing habit with freely branching stems. Flowers are dark pink, 1/2" wide.

Honeysuckle Hall's
Native to eastern Asia. A semi-evergreen, woody-stemmed, climbing vine.  Leaves are dark green, ovate, 1" to 2" long, 3/4" to 1 1/2" wide. Blooms are white that turn yellow with age and are very fragrant. Can tolerate heat and poor soil. L. purpurea has the same growth habit as Hall's but the leaves are purple underneath, with blooms that are purple-red with white.

Iceplant

Native of South Africa. A versatile ground cover thats densely branched with broad, cylindrical, fleshy green leaves. Blooms are daisy-like in colors of purple, yellow, red. 

Juniper Andorra
Handsome feathery foliage with a tightly branching form. Gray-green in summer, turning a plum color in winter. Good for rock gardens and low maintenance landscapes.

 

Juniper Bar Harbor
Feathery foliage that is blue-gray, turning a plum color in winter. As plant matures center becomes exposed, especially in hot climates.

Juniper Blue Chip
Silvery blue foliage with a spreading growth habit. Retains its color all year. Moderate growth rate.

 

Juniper Blue Rug

Silver-blue, dense foliage with a very low spreading growth habit. Does not expose its limbs with age.