Top ten ground cover plants to get you covered in 2017!
We’ve picked our top ten choices for this year – including some reliable old favourites and some exciting new varieties. Sorted in order of flowering season.
Flowers April-May. Also known as creeping Phlox these are invaluable groundcover, ideal for trailing over walls or rockeries. No pruning required!
Flowers April-May. Left to spread naturally Aubrieta are a delight in early spring.
Brunnera macrophylla Jack Frost
Flowers April-May. Expansive silvery foliage with sprays of pretty blue flowers – this is a great option for a shaded spot that needs a bit of cover. Good pest resistance.
Helianthemum (Sun Rose)
Flowers May-June. Also known as the Rock Rose, these sun loving sprawling plants flower prolifically through the summer, each bloom lasting only one day.
Flowers May-July. A mound of glossy green foliage with buttery yellow flowers in summer.
Flowers May-August. Masses of stunning violet blue bellflowers formed in clumps – an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and perfect for suppressing weeds.
NEW for 2017 Sedum pulchellum Sea Star
Flowers May-August. Robust and unusual low growing perennial. Sprays of thin glossy green leaves cover in pale pink star-shaped flowers.
NEW for 2017 Lewisia Cotyledon Mixed
Flowers May-August. A colourful, hardy perennial also known as bitter root. They like good drainage and full sun – perfect for rockeries.
Flowers June-July. Evergreen foliage with pink or white flowers in June and July, very effective as ground cover.
NEW for 2017 Aster ericoides Snow Flurry
Flowers September-October. A new aster that makes great ground cover, smothering weeds with the dense needle like foliage and producing masses of daisy like flowers. Very tough and easy to grow.