Our family of Garden Design 101 guides is welcoming a new addition this week. Our Ground Covers 101 guide is a place to start if you’re designing a new garden, rehabbing an existing landscape, or just trying to identify a creeping plant you inherited when you bought the place.
One-stop research: Our Ground Covers 101 guide pulls together all our field guides on plants suitable to use as a carpet. You’ll also find our most popular posts about ground covers, including 5 Favorite Lawn Substitutes, The Best Ground Covers to Plant Between Pavers, and Landscape on a Budget: 10 Ideas for Mown Grass Paths.
Here’s a a glimpse of what you’ll find in our Ground Covers 101 guide:
Attractive year round (check). Smothers weeds (check). Handles both sun and shade (check). See more reasons we love to use ajuga as a ground cover in Bugleweed 101: A Field Guide to Planting, Care & Design.
See more ideas in Ask the Expert: 7 Tips for Making a Moss Checkerboard.
You can mix and match compatible ground covers to create a patterned quilt to cover your ground. See more ideas at Lilyturf 101: A Field Guide to Planting, Care & Design.
Artificial Grass as Ground Cover
Artificial grass incites strong emotions. Either you love it (for looking good, lasting 20 years, and never needing water) or you hate it (for being an unnatural petroleum-based product). We’ve rounded up 7 Gardens with Artificial Grass.
“Ever wonder how to add serious interest to the mostly shady parts of a garden? Heuchera, with luminously colored leaves that catch the light, is the evergreen perennial that works hard, and works wonders for any garden,” writes our contributor Kier Holmes. See more in Coral Bells 101: A Field Guide to Planting, Care & Design.
Our curated Ground Covers 101 guide also covers Ivy, Thyme, Bacopa, Lungwort, and more. We’ll be adding new perennials every week. If there’s a perennials you’d particularly like us to add to our guides, please let us know in the comments section.
Finally, get more ideas on how to plant, grow, and care for various ground cover plants with our Ground Covers: A Field Guide.