Creeping Phlox is a fantastic spring flowering-groundcover, often used to fill in between spring-blooming bulbs such as Tulips and Daffodils. The best part about phlox is it needs as little maintenance as the bulbs require.
Sedum, as mentioned above, doesn’t require much supplemental water, making it a great choice for hard-to-reach or extremely sunny areas.
Lamium is a shade-loving groundcover that is happy when planted under deciduous and evergreen shrubs and trees. It thrives in places where grass or other plants may struggle with little sunlight.
Ajuga is another colorful groundcover that thrives in shady, moist areas. This quick-spreading groundcover will fast become the star of your shade garden. If you don't want it taking over your lawn, keep Ajuga contained in one area.
3.Using Perennial Groundcovers: Plant a Living Mulch to Help Fight Weeds!
Although many are used to adding wood mulch or using good old-fashioned hand weeding to help fight weeds, what if instead you used living plants as mulch?
Shade-loving Lamium fills in this garden bed, leaving no room for weeds to grow.
The idea of living mulch is practiced and taught by many landscape designers, including Claudia West, who points out that in the wild you typically don’t see bare dirt. This is because plants fill in the ground level on their own. Perennial groundcovers are a great way to take this idea and put it to use in your own landscape.
Varieties such as Lamium, Ajuga Pachysandra 'Silver Edge' and Lily of the Valley are fantastic weed blockers.
Simply add them in between your flowering perennials and they'll work for you in two ways: by outcompeting weeds with their low growth, and by adding visual interest and color to your garden. West recommends packing in small plugs (4-inch or smaller) potted perennials of the groundcovers liberally, instead of planting them far apart with dirt in between. Less dirt means fewer weeds!
Using Perennial Groundcovers: Your Creativity Is The Limit
We love this sedum-filled garden.
No matter what type of garden you have, or what type of problem you’re trying to solve with groundcovers, your creativity is really the limit. We've seen groundcovers filling in old wheel barrows planted with dirt, Sedum used as living wreaths, and many perennial groundcovers used in container plantings. So get creative this season and fill in your gardens with hard-working groundcovers!