Ground Covers

Ground cover plants are very useful in the garden in stopping erosion on slopes, keeping the weeds down and providing a low growing foreground for the garden.

Creeping Wire Vine (Muhlenbeckia axillaris) is a low growing mat that spreads by rhyzomes and may be deciduous in cold winters. Can be a little invasive.

Thyme (Thymus praecox arcticus)

California Fuchsia (Zauschneria californica)

Carmel Creeper (Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis)

Heterotheca jonesii

Canadian Cinquefoil (Potentilla canadensis)

Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

Arctostaphylos edmundsii ‘Carmel Sur’

Mecardonia ‘Magic Carpet Yellow’

Tanacetum densum ssp amani

Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum Prostratum’

Teucrium cossonii majoricum

Germander (Teucrium lucidrys)

Inside-out Flower (Vancouveria hexandra) Good groundcover for the shade.

Bedstraw (Galium odoratum) Also a good shade groundcover.

Alchemilla mollis. The hairs on the leaves cause the water to bead up in this interesting pattern. For part shade.

Geranium ‘Biokovo’ Part shade ground cover.

Sarcococca hookeriana humilus is a low slow growing sub-shrub.

Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) Photo taken in the fall.

Blue Star Creeper (Pratia pedunculata)

Plectranthus ‘Irish Mocha’

Sonoma Sage (Salvia sonomensis)

Golden cultivar of Hypericum calycinum gets burned in too much sun.

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum calycinum) recently cut back.

Chrysocephalum ‘Desert Flame’

Burmese Plumbago (Ceratostigma griffithii)

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