Ground cover can heighten the effect of your landscaping decisions in various ways. Depending on the type you choose, ground cover can enhance your design by adding texture, color or height to the landscape. Plant some bright flowers to contrast with the variety of greens in ground coverings.
Dicentra (Fringed Bleeding Heart) is best utilized when matched up with ferns and wildflowers in a corner of the yard. In addition to landscaping uses, dicentra produces a heart-shaped flower that can be cut and displayed in a vase.
Heuchera (Coralbells) are a good choice for the landscaper who wants a minimum of work. Heuchera can be left to its own devices for long periods of time. Coralbells provide a good edging cover for bordering perennials like roses and peonies. This kind of ground cover will also draw hummingbirds.
Parthenocissus (Virgina Creeper) grows fast and can cover a large area of land in a short period of time. If you space Virginia Creeper widely, you can make that spread take place even more rapidly. This is a good choice for landscaping with a trellis or arbor as it will climb freely. This means planting away from trees and shrubs unless you desire the effect of climbing vines on them.
Myoporum is an effective choice for landscaping that includes walk down to the seashore. This is also good ground cover for areas that regularly suffer droughts. One of the reasons that myoporum is utilized along the seashore is that it effectively controls soil erosion. Another benefit is that it will slow down the spread of fire.
An evergreen landscape garden can be made of ground cover that makes extensive use of Juniper. Add some color to your evergreen garden with choices like Juniper horizontali, Galium odoratum and Pachysandra procumbens.
Low-maintenance ground cover that is suitable for the pathway to your front door includes Mediterranean heather and English Ivy. You can probably get by with trimming these plants just once a year but they provide an inviting ambiance when leading to your door.
Heavily trafficked lawns will need a durable type of ground cover that can withstand all that abuse. Among the more popular ground covering for this purpose are Duchesnea indica (Mock Strawberry), Veronica repens (Speedwell) and Korean Zoysia grass.
If you are looking to ground cover to stabilize a sloping yard, you can achieve a pleasing aroma by planting simple honeysuckle. Other effective slope stabilizers include Cistus (Rock rose), Hypericum calycina (Aaron’s Beard) and periwinkle.
Direct sunlight can damage some ground cover choices while others will thrive in the spotlight. Among the plants that are good for those without shade trees are Santolina (Lavender cotton), Achillea tomentosa (Woolly yarrow) and juniper.