Americans plant more turf grass than any other groundcover; however, grass does not do well everywhere. Other groundcovers can be used for areas where growing grass is not practical. This includes steep slopes, narrow or hard to reach locations, areas around shallow-rooted trees, and very shady spots.

Good site preparation is essential for giving your plants a good start. Work with a small area to start off, and expand it over time. Turn the soil using a tiller or a spade, and amend the soil with ample quantities of organic matter. Most groundcovers are highly adaptable and will grow well in a wide range of pH (see chart below).

Spring is the ideal time to plant, although you can plant in summer provided you supply adequate water. Plant early in the fall, giving the roots time to get established before winter sets in. Choose your plants according to the light and wind exposure. Proper spacing will ensure good coverage and erosion control for steep areas. Watering is essential to get your newly planted area established. Pull weeds as soon as they pop up and before they go to seed. You can fill in with colorful annuals the first year. Once established, the maintenance for groundcovers decreases.

Our groundcover flats are sold in 4-inch pots and in flats with counts of 50 peat pots or 100 bare rooted plants.

Ajuga Bronze

A beautiful low-growing ground cover that forms a dense mat of glossy, mahogany colored foliage that really catches the eye; attractive spikes of bright blue flowers add interest in spring, makes a good filler for moist shady areas of the garden.

Ajuga Burgundy Glow

Burgundy Glow’s attractive small crinkled round leaves emerge dark brown in spring, turning emerald green in color with showy creamy white variegation and tinges of purple the rest of the year. It features subtle spikes of sky blue flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late spring.

Ajuga Chocolate Chip

Chocolate Chip presents delicious chocolate brown foliage and pretty blue flower spikes during late spring. Very low maintenance and heat tolerant. Deer also tend to leave Chocolate Chip alone in favor of other, tastier treats.

Carex Pennsylvanica

This shade-loving native sedge features soft, arching semi-evergreen foliage. They make excellent additions to rock gardens or as a groundcover for part shade areas with dry to medium moisture. A very tough and adaptable plant.

Creeping Jenny

A vigorous and pervasive groundcover, yet not overly aggressive, Creeping Jenny features very showy yellow flowers all summer long over a carpet of unique foliage. A great groundcover for both sun and shade which is almost indestructible.

Dwarf Mondo Grass

Dwarf Mondo Grass features dainty spikes of lilac purple bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late summer. Its attractive grassy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. It produces sky blue berries from early to mid fall.

English Ivy

The consummate vine, this is an evergreen climber or dense groundcover with beautiful deep green foliage, benefits from some protection from sun and wind in cold winters; very adaptable and vigorous, will cover walls, trees and fences in short order.

Liriope Big Blue

Lily Turf features dainty spikes of lavender flowers with powder blue overtones rising above the foliage in late summer. Its attractive glossy grassy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. It features an abundance of magnificent black berries in early fall.

Liriope Spicata

A tufted grass-like perennial with arching, glossy, dark green leaves that grow no more that a foot; provides a beautiful display of lovely lavender and white flowers atop showy spikes; best used as an edging plant or massed as a groundcover.

Liriope Variegated

Variegated Lily Turf is a dense herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.


A highly regarded evergreen groundcover, exceptional performance in deep shade, actually dislikes hot sun, one of the few that does well beneath mature shade trees; prefers highly organic, acidic soils, will benefit from snow cover in colder regions.


One of the finest low-growing groundcovers for tough shade, featuring rich lavender flowers held over lustrous dark green evergreen foliage; does well in sun or deep shade, quickly forms a dense mat, even grows well under mature trees.

Sedum Angelina

Angelina Stonecrop is smothered in stunning yellow star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from early to mid summer. Its attractive succulent needle-like leaves remain gold in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.