Ground Cover

Our ground cover plants make an excellent way of reducing maintenance without compromising on colour and interest, we have varieties suitable for all garden situations from dense shade to full sun. Planting distances are a matter of personal preference but as a rough guide – 4 plants per square metre is adequate if you are patient, 6 plants per square metre will give better coverage and 9-12 plants per square metre will make a weed suppressing carpet very quickly.

In addition to the plants on this page we have many other species that make fantastic low maintenance ground cover in our hedging section (they also make low hedges and are therefore dual purpose!) Many of them are available as bare roots so they are great value, we have listed them here: Box, Faulkner, Hypericum Hidcote, Laurel, compact, Lonicera Pileata Maigrun, Potentilla, Snowberry, Spiraea, Sweet Box. Many of our ground cover plants below are sold as strong stocky plants in large 1.5 or 2 litre pots and make an excellent starting point, if you need a lot of plants we offer generous quantity discounts. Ground cover plants in smaller 9cm pots are an economical way of stocking flower borders and other areas with carpeting ground cover plants.

Types of Ground Cover

  • Alchemilla Mollis Ground Cover

    Also known as the Ladys Mantle, Alchemilla is a very easy and charming clump forming perennial with fresh green leaves that catch the rain and subtle frothy chartreuse flowers

  • Anemone Ground Cover

    These easy to grow plants never fail to delight, when much of the garden is past its best Anemones open into a succession of saucer shaped blooms from July until October.

  • Aster Ground Cover

    A great Autumn plant, we have a selection of these hardy low growing ‘Michaelmas Daisies’, growing to just 30cm or so they are clothed in flowers from late summer onwards when colour in the garden can be in short supply.

  • Bergenia Cordifolia Purpurea Ground Cover

    A recurring plant in Gertude Jekylls garden designs, Bergenia is a useful evergreen perennial, in winter and spring wiry stems erupt from the foliage with cerise pink flowers.

  • Catmint Ground Cover

    These wonderful perennials have an enduring popularity in our gardens, perfect lining paths or planted with roses we offer the smaller Nepeta faasenii and larger Six Hills Giant.

  • Ceanothus Ground Cover

    Large numbers of powder blue flowers over glossy green evergreen foliage make this Californian Lilac a good low maintenance choice for ground cover in sunny areas.

  • Cotoneaster Ground Cover

    Cotoneasters are versatile and easy to grow, we have the most popular hedging types together with the ground covering varieties Coral Beauty and Dammeri

  • Hardy Geranium Ground Cover

    Needing little introduction, Hardy Geraniums are indespensable around Roses and in perennial borders, they also make a great ground cover solution in many other situations!

  • Hypericum Ground Cover

    Rich green foliage and a succession of golden yellow star shaped flowers, Hypericum makes super ground cover colonising the most difficult and dry sites once established.

  • Periwinkle Ground Cover

    Slender stemmed carpeting plants thrive anywhere in sun or shade providing a mass of colourful flowers nestled in the foliage in spring, then intermittently until autumn.

  • Verbena Bonariensis Ground Cover

    A prolific and easily grown perennial, the tall upright stems carry flat clusters of Lavender purple flowers from June until Autumn. Very popular with garden designers.