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9 Water Saving Groundcovers


Howdy Backyard Gardeners,    


Our homes are a reflection of ourselves whether full of color and vitality or simple and manicured. A question I get often is “what should I use as a groundcover for my yard?” Well let’s start by discussing what groundcover is in regards to our yards.


Ground cover is traditionally plants that are low growing plants used for keeping weeds from gardens and yards. They also create nice looking filler between plants and some are flowering too.

Some people consider ground covering to also be bark, stones, or any other material that will cover the soil to save water and block weeds. The rest of this post we will focus on plants that not only serve as a groundcover, but also require very little water.


1. Myoporum parvifolium is an evergreen, perennial ground cover native to Australia that grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. Here on the west coast it has fast become the favorite of many homeowners.




2. Lantana montevidensis makes an excellent mat-forming ground cover in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 8 though 10. The plant produces small, tight clusters of showy flowers and spreads or trails up to 10 feet.





3.  Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus' is a hardy, fast-growing evergreen shrub, creeping rosemary has a prostrate habit and attractive flowers and fragrance. Dark green leaves, to 2 inches long, are rich in aromatic oils and commonly used as a culinary herb. This plant is loved for its strong pinelike flavor and fragrance.




4. Sedum are a great choice for their distinctive colors and come in a many shapes and sizes from upright varieties to groundcovers. Star-shaped flowers are usually in clusters or sprays that often change color throughout their bloom time. Stonecrop enjoys full sun, but will tolerate some shade.



5. Wooly Thyme is one of the more hardy herbs perfect for hot sunny locations. Once established, it tolerates dry conditions and spreads slowly, eventually creating a thick mat of foliage. In summer the plant adds a bonus and produces sweet little pink to purple flowers.




6. Damianita “Chrysactinia Mexicana” is a 1-2 ft., bushy, low-growing, aromatic, evergreen shrub with stems rising in a mounded or bouquet form from a woody base. Damianita daisy, is a species of flowering plants in the sunflower family, native to Mexico and to the southwestern United States.




7. Moss phlox is a dense ground cover blanketed with notch-petaled flowers in Spring. Blooms can be; white, pinks, and blues. Evergreen foliage is narrow, short, and stiff. Darker-flowered forms have dark-green leaves or red-tinged leaves that darken to burgundy in winter.




8. Cerastium tomentosum or "snow in summer" provides great color contrast when used near plants with darker green leaves.  White flowers appear in late spring on into early summer.  This drought tolerant perennial is a favorite in gardeners who live in the cooler zones of 3 to 7.  This attractive ground cover does best in full sun, but can handle some light shade.



9. Hedera helix 'Needlepoint' Ivy brings a delicate, rich green leaf with thin, pointed tips that trails and accents beds, borders and baskets.  This perennial’s trailing and mounding growth habit, drought tolerance and attractive green leaves makes this a great choice for landscape and mass plantings for ground cover!




This list is a very short list of available groundcovers so visiting your local Home Depot will give you a better idea what is available in your area.


Happy Gardening,


Coach Dave

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Posted 2016-02-11T22:50:02+0000  by Dave_HD_OC Dave_HD_OC