Why gardeners choose low-growing plants and groundcovers
- To work well as groundcovers, plants have to be tough, durable, and relatively fast growing but not invasive.
- Choose plants that are known to do well in the conditions found in your landscape
- When planted under trees, ground covers reduce mower damage to the base of the tree
- Some ground covers require less sunlight and less moisture and nutrients than grass
Groundcovers are low-growing plants that spread quickly to form a dense cover. They add beauty to the landscape, and they can also solve many planting problems in difficult sites. Grass is the best-known groundcover, but grass is not suited to all locations. Groundcover plants should be used where grass is difficult to grow or maintain. While most groundcover plants cannot be walked on, they can be used in erosion control on steep banks or slopes where grass is too difficult to mow. Shady areas under trees and tight spaces in between stepping stones are wonderful ideas of where to plant ground covers.