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Groundcovers and Other Low-Growing Landscaping Plants

Groundcovers, Perennial Flowers, Annuals and Vines


Photo of Angelina stonecrop.

Photo: Angelina stonecrop is a drought-resistant ground cover.

David Beaulieu

Groundcovers and other low-growing landscaping plants form an indispensable part of landscape design, whether as backdrops for trees and shrubs or as specimens in their own right. This page serves as a handy index to resources that focus largely on low-growing landscaping plants, such as groundcovers, perennial flowers, annuals and vines.

Juniper Groundcovers: Landscaping Plants for Slopes

Steep slopes are a beast to mow, assuming you've had any luck getting grass to grow on them at all! If these problems sound familiar, then let me tell you about the landscaping plants that may hold the answer for you: sun-loving juniper groundcovers.

Sun-Loving Perennial Landscaping Plants

You need landscaping plants for a problematic sunny area, but you don't like juniper groundcovers? This article describes several drought-tolerant perennials. A link is provided to a drawing of a sample landscape plan, suggesting how to arrange them. Photos of the perennial landscaping plants are also included.

Landscaping Plants for the Shade

All this talk of sunny areas may have you feeling gloomy. "My problem is finding landscaping plants for shady areas," you say? Fortunately, there's a shade-loving landscaping plant suitable for every landscape design need. In this article I offer a Top 10 list of shade-loving plants, six of which are low-growing.

Perennial Groundcovers Used in Deer Control

Groundcovers offer landscape solutions for problem areas, including areas pounded by the sun or plagued by the shade. But overly sunny or shady areas aren't your only challenge. When deer pests come to snack on your groundcovers, you need to refine your landscape solution strategy. Discover which groundcovers are effective in deer control -- landscaping plants that deer pests won't eat. And these deer-resistant groundcovers have many other fine qualities that will give you plenty of reasons to grow them.

Perennial Landscaping Plants for Butterfly Gardens: Butterfly Weed, Etc.

But maybe you don't have a "problem" to solve. Maybe you're looking for perennial landscaping plants that will attract butterflies and beneficial pollinating bees? Then this is the article for you. Both short and taller specimens are covered. The list is headed by butterfly weed. But other perennials are discussed, too, as well as shrubs and other classes of plants.

Perennial Landscaping Plants for Hummingbirds

This article introduces several landscaping plants known to attract hummingbirds. Learn about bee balm, red columbine, delphinium, hollyhock and other plants (including two shrubs and a tree just for some variety!).

Aromatic Perennials: English Lavender

Gardening options with aromatic lavender perennial flowers include their use in rock gardens, border plantings and cottage gardens. If your landscape design needs call for a decorative border, lavender’s height makes it suitable for inclusion in the middle row, with shorter annuals in front and taller shrubs in back. With lavender, you can harvest your perennial flowers for sachets and aromatherapy.

Annual Landscaping Plants and the Fall Garden

But perhaps you enjoy the easy, consistent color that only annual landscaping plants can bring to a yard? This story tells you how to have a knockout fall garden of annuals -- on the cheap!

Introduction to Vines as Landscaping Plants

No assessment of options for low-growing landscaping plants is complete without a look at vines. Not that our experience with all vines necessarily comes from looking down at them; indeed, we're used to seeing some vines (e.g., Virginia creeper) high up in the tree-tops. Still, even the most vigorous climbing vines can reach a significant height only if they have something else upon which to climb....

Top Perennial Vine for Fall Crafts: American Bittersweet

What would fall be without a bittersweet wreath hanging on your door? Then why not grow your own? It can be so satisfying when your landscaping projects and craft projects intersect! Problem is, you really need to get your hands on the right kind of bittersweet. If you live in North America, you will want to grow American bittersweet; the Oriental type is terribly invasive! My article begins by introducing the different kinds of bittersweet, as three different plants vie for the right to be called by that name.

Top Annual Vine for Fall Crafts: Hardshell Gourds

Warning: The project described in this tutorial may be addictive. There's something about these plants that gets into the bloodstreams of some people and drives them "out of their gourds." How else can you account for the existence (I do not jest!) of "gourd societies?"

Alternatives to Lawn Grass

If you've ever pushed a mower around on a hot day, deafened by the engine's roar yet hoping it won't conk out, you've probably wondered, "Is there another way?" Well, Yes, there is. Who says that x amount of square yards on your property must be planted with grass, instead of with groundcovers and other landscaping plants that you don't have to mow every week?

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