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17 Groundcovers For Sun and Shade

 

Almost every yard has that shady spot under the trees that will kill off everything you plant under it. Perhaps its just a large area that needs something in it. Sometimes the best solution is planting a groundcover. Many groundcovers will survive any environment and any soil. These plants are often a last resort when nothing else has worked. Here is a list of some groundcovers that will thrive in your problem area.

 

1. Ajuga ‘Burgundy Glow’

 


 

Produces blue flowers with its multiple colors, burgundy, white and green foliage. It prefers a well-drained soil, in the full sun to part shade and is hardy between zones 3 to 9
 

2. Ajuga ‘Bronze Beauty’

 


 

Purple and green foliage and lavender flower spikes that grows up to 6 inches tall. It prefers to grow in sun to part shade, in a well-drained soil and it is hardy in zones 3 to 9.
 

3. Creeping Jenny

 


 

Creeping Jenny is seen cascading over the sides of flower pots as it bright yellow foliage puts on a better show than some blooming plants. This plant makes a great groundcover and accent plant for creating a focal point. It can tolerate some shade and damp soil.
 

4. Ajuga ‘Mahogany’

 


 

Gets blue flower spikes in spring. This shade loving Ajuga can also tolerate partial sun and is hardy in zones 3 to 9 also.

 

5. Mondo Grass

 


 

Evergreen grass that sends out underground rhizomes and works in zones 7 to 10. Grass grows 12 inches tall and works well as a border or in a rock garden. Mondo Grass does not spread quickly and grows best in partial shade.
 

6. Dwarf Mondo Grass

 


 

Evergreen grass that sends out underground rhizomes and works in zones 6 to 10. Grass grows 2 inches tall and works well as a border or in a rock garden. Mondo Grass does not spread quickly and grows best in partial shade.
 

7. Black Mondo Grass

 


 

This slow growing evergreen grass grows 6 inches tall and displays beautiful purplish-black foliage. Black Mondo also has dark lavender flowers and purple fall berries. Plant it in full sun to partial shade.

 

8. English Ivy

 

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English Ivy is a very fast growing evergreen groundcover that grows in shade to full sun. It is extremely aggressive and considered an ecological threat in many states. It tolerates any soil pH, any soil type and cannot be killed easily by most herbicides. English Ivy is hardy in zones 4 to 9.

 

9. Pachysandra

 


 

Beautiful evergreen foliage that grows up to 10 inches tall under trees, in shade to partial shade. Giving height to an island, helps Pachysandra stand out from other groundcovers, forming a dense blanket and an elevated bed. Pachysandra is hardy in zones 4 to 8 and a top pick of mine for one of the most beautiful shade loving ground covers.

 

10. Asiatic Jasmine

 

Related to the Confederate Jasmine, Asiatic Jasmine will grow a dense carpet 6 to 12 inches tall and it grows well in heavy shade and in full sun. Hardy in zones 7 to 11 and evergreen in warmer zones.

 

11. ‘Snow N Summer’ Asiatic Jasmine

 


 

‘Snow N Summer’ Asiatic Jasmine will grow a dense carpet 6 to 12 inches tall and it grows well in heavy shade and partial sun. This triple variegated groundcover adds brilliant colors to an island and is hardy in zones 7 to 9.

 

12. Creeping Sedum

 


 

Creeping Sedum is a succulent with great drought tolerance and does well in rock gardens and in sunny areas. Besides different color blooms, Creeping Sedum come in several different foliage colors and textures as well. Some popular varieties are, Sedum Blue Spruce, Golden Japanese Ogon, Chocolate Ball, Elizabeth, Dragons Blood and Angelina.

 

13. Blue Rug Juniper

 


 

Blue rug junipers have great drought tolerance once established. Growing only 4 to 6 inches tall, Blue rug can form cover a 6 to 8 foot circle with its bluish-silver foliage. This is a great plant for covering large areas and also good in rock gardens and for erosion control. Good for zones 3 to 9.

 

14. Blue Pacific, Shore Juniper

 


 

Blue Pacific is also drought tolerant and grows about 1 foot tall. It gets a thick 5 to 7 foot spread and great for cascading down walls or mass plantings. Like most other junipers, they prefer full sun, well-drained soil and do not tolerate much shade. Blue Pacific is hardy in zones 6 to 8

 

15. Vinca Minor

 


 

Great groundcover for shade and hardy throughout zones 4 to 10. Can live in full sun and full shade in northern zones and shade to semi-shade down south. Purplish-blue flowers in the spring go well with Vinca Minors thick evergreen foliage. Vinca Minor is a fast grower that grows about 6 inches tall.

 

16. Vinca Major

 

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This is a great groundcover for sun to semi-shade. Growing about 1 foot tall, Vinca Major will touch the ground and root in, spreading indefinitely like many other groundcovers like Ivy, Vinca Minor and Asiatic Jasmine. Like many other groundcovers, it does well in many different soil types and growing conditions. Vinca Major is a fast grower and is hardy from zones 7 to 9.

 

 

17. Creeping Phlox

 


 

Creeping Phlox is a perennial groundcover that comes in many different colors and is hardy from zone 3 to 9. This Perennial puts on a huge show in early spring, requires full sun and has great drought tolerance once established. Some varieties are evergreen.

 


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