Ground Covers
Ground cover plants, when properly taken care of, provide dense soil cover, retard
weed growth, and prevent soil erosion. Ground covers range in height from an inch to
four feet. They can be woody or herbaceous; clumping or running; evergreen or
deciduous. There is a broad array of colors and textures to choose from.
Ground covers not only solve problems but also unify different components in the
landscape. Non-spreading types of ground covers can be used as hedging material,
traffic barriers or just visual guides toward an entry. They soften hardscapes such as
walks, steps, and driveways
Ground covers help to define space. A low ground cover can provide a transition
between the lawn and taller plants used in beds. Attractive foliage, colorful flowers,
and, at times attractive fruit can add color and texture to an otherwise "green"
Ground covers create various moods. Small leaved, smooth textured ground covers
used in broad curved plantings can convey a feeling of spaciousness. Whereas large
leaved coarse textured ground covers create a feeling of closeness.