Ground covers are whimsical.
Here are some ground covers to think about growing in your garden.
Red mother of thyme
The purple flowers are Red Mother of Thyme, Thymus serphyllum. It is a low maintenance ground cover that is drought resistant, deer resistant and can stand salt water. It grows in most climate zones. Heat is not a problem.
Plant low-growing speedwells , namely “dark blue spike” , “blue star creeper”, “tall sedum ” and “annual geranium” (pink flowers), as a living-mulch ground cover, in a shrub border or flowing between boulders in a rock garden. Speedwell is easily grown in an average garden soil that is well drained.
This ground cover looks like creeping thyme. Beautiful stuff . You can use it for cooking too.. It takes full sun and comes in white or pinkish purple flower colours.
Dark Dancer is a spectacular mixer, edger and groundcover that pops with white, clover-like ball form flowers in summer. Easy to care for and is vigorous.
Salvia sonomensis is a creeping flat perennial sage that can spread to 10′ across the ground . The sage flowers are blue-violet from May to June, appearing in a 6″spike above grey-green leaves that lie on the ground 1″ or so high. Salvia seems to grow at its best in shade or part shade under shrubs or in the shade of shrubs.
If you are looking for a fast-growing, attractive ground cover. Consider the sunshine mimosa (Mimosa strigillosa). This low-growing, mat-forming plant is ideal for areas with foot traffic. It is drought tolerant when mature and easily controlled with a lawn mower. As a member of the legume family, its roots form a relationship with certain soil microbes that help the plant convert nitrogen in the air for its use. This means even less maintenance for the gardener in that it requires no fertilizer.
If you’re looking for a beautiful plant that thrives with virtual neglect, a creeping sedum just might fit the bill. Sedums strut their stuff where many other plants dare not venture. They make themselves at home, for example, in the cracks of a garden wall or walkway, on roofs or the tops of gently sloping birdhouses, or even under massive trees where enormous roots monopolize most of the soil’s moisture. They also perform well in rock gardens, borders, and containers. Once established, sedums require virtually no supplemental water to thrive, even in the driest circumstances.