Ground cover perennials
Ground cover perennials blooming all summer
Ground cover perennials - a godsend for any garden. They "grow themselves", requiring minimal care, decorate the look and bring practical benefits. Groundbreakers are indispensable in garden design. Their spectacularity and decorativeness make it possible to realize amazing ideas. Groundcover flowers are perennial flowers. With the help of these plants, you can create many beautiful and unique corners of your own, set bright accents and make the garden unlike any other. Among perennials, they are the most unpretentious. Most of them prefer the sun, but many grow well in the shade, so the ground cover perennials are shade tolerant. These plants protect the soil in the garden from erosion and moisture loss, regulate the microclimate on the site. In addition, ground cover plants make the garden clean and well-groomed, saving gardeners from frequent weeding and loosening of the soil. And due to their appearance, they are especially suitable for the implementation of non-standard gardening solutions. We will tell you a lot of names of excellent ground cover for your garden.
Evergreen awl-shaped phlox
Perhaps the most striking of the ground cover perennials. Flowers are raspberry, lilac or white. Phlox curtains form evergreen dense rugs. During flowering, the leaves are almost invisible, only flowers. The first time it blooms in May-June, and the second in September.
How to care: Extremely unpretentious plant, but afraid of stagnant waterlogging. Need dry, loose, alkaline soil, so you need to add sand and dolomite flour. For the winter, it is better to hide the phlox, at the same time it will save the flower from getting wet after snow melts.
Where to plant: Phlox is especially beautiful in the form of an “grassless lawn”: to see a raspberry lawn is an amazing sight! It is better to combine this plant with a calm environment, decorative leafy perennials and soft alpine plants.
One of the shortest perennials: its height is not more than 3-5 cm. At the beginning of summer, stonecrop is covered with numerous yellow flowers, and for the rest of the season, right up to frosts, it resembles green fringe.
How to care: Stonecrop can grow at a minimum of soil, even on random soil deposits! It is also undemanding to growing conditions, it grows everywhere, but it may not bloom in the shade. Some gardeners love it just in a non-flowering state.
Where to plant: With stonecrop, you can arrange mini-kindergartens, create miniature rock gardens in decorative planters or logs, and decorate paths. Large lawns from stonecrop better not to arrange.
A miniature shrub with small leaves and pink-purple small flowers. This unusually fragrant plant is considered a spicy herb and is widely used in cooking.
How to care: Thyme loves dry sandy soils, the sun and the proximity of conifers. It does not need to be fertilized, and very rarely watered.
Where to plant: It is best to grow thyme on a decorative bed with spices or to include in compositions with boulders and conifers.
Fast growing perennials
On sale so far are very rare, although they are a fashionable garden novelty. However, they can be brought from the nearest forest.
How to care: The main thing for mosses is the presence of moist soil and the absence of direct sunlight. Otherwise, these plants are completely maintenance free.
Where to plant: Moss kindergartens are a new interesting direction in landscape design. Besides the fact that mosses are very beautiful in themselves, such gardens are a real find for owners of shady and humid areas. Usually mosses of various varieties are combined together in a composition, and then they are supplemented with stones, small onion flowers and single perennial plants, for example, hosts and ferns, as well as miniature conifers.
Chistets woolly (sheep’s ears)
Large leaves of silver color with a strong pubescence. In summer, the cleanser produces long peduncles with small pink-purple flowers.
How to care: It can grow in the sun and in partial shade, and prefers poor soil. On the nutrient, the leaves are large, and in the full shadow they lose their silver color.
Where to plant: It is best to supplement them with plant compositions from annuals or flowering perennials.
Overgrown curtains look like light green terry pillows covering the soil with a dense carpet. In spring, the plant produces delicate peduncles with pink or white flowers.
How to care: It can grow anywhere: at a minimum of soil, in the shade or in the sun, including in moderately humid places, but does not like stagnation of water.
Where to plant: It is used to decorate alpine slides, container rock gardens or dry retaining walls, terraces.
The tenacious creeping
The plant has oval leaves with a cherry hue and long rooted shoots. In June-July, the little thing blooms in small spiky bluish inflorescences.
How to care: Having planted a tenacity once, you can no longer approach the plant.
Where to plant: Suitable for non-grassy lawns and flowering paths. However, if you plant a little thing in a rock garden, you have to constantly monitor it, it can suppress other plants.
A very effective groundcover perennial with a height of not more than 3 cm, is a dense pillow with small, leaflets, completely covered with blue, blue, raspberry, pink or white flowers that bloom for a long time.
How to care: Aubrietta loves the sun and dry soil, in the shade the bushes begin to fall apart and do not bloom. When planting obrietta in the soil, you need to add sand and dolomite flour, and it is also necessary to make expanded clay drainage. This plant is also very fond of mulching soil with sand. In the heat and drought, the obrietta should be watered little by little.
Where to plant: Due to the continuous flowering and the correct shape of the curtains, obrietta is very suitable for creating “dry” decorative ponds and streams, especially varieties with blue and blue flowers. Aubrietta is also a classic rock garden plant. You can grow it in large garden pots.
Small carnations are like bright sparks, and, despite their size, they cannot be overlooked. Clove blooms from late May to September.
How to care: It is frost-resistant, prefers dry sandy soil and sunlight. May not bloom in the shade.
Where to plant: Despite its miniature, the grass is quickly rooted in shoots and forms dense sods. Therefore, it can be used not only for lawns, paths, rock gardens, but also create landscape miniatures with its help, frame garden sculptures, and complement with decorative pebbles.
It has pubescent leaves, which makes the shrubs really silvery. This perennial blooms with white flowers collected in small umbrellas.
How to care: Any soil is suitable for stalks. It is not necessary to close it for the winter, its only requirement is a sunny place.
Where to plant: It is best to use a stalk in rock gardens to create a grassless lawn and "dry" ponds. It should be a lot: individual plants are not so decorative. The plant is easy to combine with other flowers.
Ground cover perennial, similar to strawberries and leaves, and flowers, and even berries. But the berries are inedible, and the flowers, unlike strawberries, are yellow. Dushenya blooms all season, from May to September. It grows strongly and, like strawberries, gives shoots - a mustache.
How to care: Indian dyusheneya is absolutely undemanding to growing conditions - it belongs to unpretentious perennials. It is easier to plant than to remove from the site, and easy to grow from seeds.
Where to plant: This perennial plant is quite aggressive, so it is better to use it to create grassy lawns, landscaping slopes, forming tree trunks or sections of the garden that are inconvenient for processing and care.
It is often called "rabbit cabbage" or "stone rose", since the rosette of youngsters really resemble this flower. Different varieties come in different shades: pale green, dark green, cherry.
How to care: The best conditions for youngsters are a sunny place and dry, poor soil. On nutritious soil, rosettes will be larger, but the plant may not overwinter. Well, if you plant the young in the shade, it will fall apart, and the sockets will no longer be so beautiful. It is not necessary to water the juvenile at all.
Where to plant: A decorative plant will decorate a rock garden, an alpine hill and potted rock gardens. They need to be planted not separately, but in groups, so much more spectacular. Youngsters perfectly combine with groundcover plants - alpines and small onion flowers. But nevertheless, the most spectacular option is the arrangement of monosadiks younger, where the variety of their varieties will be combined.
We hope that our guide will help you choose the most beautiful ground cover perennials! It remains only to buy seeds - and your garden will sparkle with new colors.