Thanks to a diverse palette of plants, you can easily find the perfect groundcover for your particular landscape. These reliable options thrive with ease.
• THYME (Thymus praecox) —Ideal for sunny and drought-tolerant gardens, this herb forms a fragrant mat of greenery that tolerates light foot traffic. 3 inches tall. Zones 4–9.
• JAPANESE SPURGE (Pachysandra terminalis)—a top pick for shady locales and under trees, its glossy, evergreen foliage shines year-round. Even variegated varieties thrive in dense shade. 6–12 inches tall. Zones 5–9.
• BUGLEWEED (Ajuga reptans)— Prized for its foliage and flower, this tidy grower creates a colorful carpet of rosettelike leaves. While it can handle sun or shade, its foliage is more vibrant in sunny spots. 4–5 inches tall. Zones 3–9.
• DEAD NETTLE (Lamium maculatum) —This deer-resistant plant brightens shady or partially shady spots with its two-tone foliage in colors spanning silver to chartreuse. 6–8 inches tall. Zones 4–8.
• LAMB’S-EARS (Stachys byzantina) —Grown primarily for its velvety, silver foliage, this sun-lover quickly forms a lush mat and, in summer, produces spikes of purple to pink flowers. The fuzzy leaves tend to trap moisture, so avoid planting it in wetter areas. 6–12 inches tall. Zones 4–7.
• PERIWINKLE (Vinca minor)— One of the most vigorous groundcovers, this versatile grower spreads via trailing stems and performs well in sun, part sun, and shade. 6–8 inches tall. Zones 4–8.
• GOLDMOSS SEDUM (Sedum acre) —A sun-loving, droughttolerant species, this evergreen beauty unveils a vibrant show of yellow flowers come spring and summer. 2–4 inches tall. Zones 4–9.