Groundcovers help fill in the garden and give it another layer of dimension. The foliage can be delicate or large and colorful. These are some of my favorite groundcovers that I have in my garden at the moment. Sweet Woodruff grows rampantly throughout my woodland garden amongst the shade loving perennials like Hostas and Ferns. The tiny white flowers look like a soft blanket of snow when blooming in masses. And the delicate foliage is evergreen which gives it year round interest. Bugleweed has purplish blue spikes in the spring and shiny green foliage the remainder of the time. It prefers part shade to full shade conditions and can be slightly invasive. However it is easy to remove since its’ roots are rather shallow. Creeping Phlox can take full sun and comes in a variety of colors from shades of red to purple. Mine is a pale lavender. It works great on a slope for keeping the soil from eroding. My two new additions this year are the Elfin Thyme and the Eurphorbia ‘Chameleon. The Thyme has dainty little blue blossoms from mid summer to early fall. Even the foliage on this one is dainty and would be a great addition to a fairy garden where miniature plants are the choice. The colorful foliage of Chameleon at this time of the year extends the season of interest. I know Frances over at the Fairegarden did a post which you can read here. Three of these were planted in the garden this fall. The flowers are suppose to be tiny little yellow things at the tips of the bracts that only last for a couple of weeks in the spring or early summer. But the real show is the foliage which continues to be interesting long after the blooms are gone. It is actually more of a mounding perennial but only gets 1-2′ tall so it will be at the front of the border. Now I’ve had perennial Candytuff or Iberis sempervirens in my garden for years. It is evergreen and the snowflake shaped flowers are a real treat in the spring when they bloom. They are some of the first blooms in my garden along with the miniature daffodils and spanish bluebells. Groundcovers not only cover the ground but add another interesting layer to the garden year round. What are some your favorite groundcovers?
Covering the ground