Ground Cover Plants

The following plants have been selected for their ability to cover the ground between larger plants such as shrubs or trees. They either spread to form a carpet,  where one plant may cover a considerable area by itself. The other method of achieving good coverage is to plant clump forming species fairly close together so they touch, forming a continuous carpet. A mixture of ground cover plants can be used to give a tapestry of foliage and flowers, or a single species may be used, maybe in formal gardens or under a mixed planting of shrubs. 

Prior to planting the ground should be free of weeds and well prepared, after planting they should be watered in well and mulched to encourage them to do their job well. 

Note: some plants may be frost tender in which case we give the minimum temperature.



A Collection of 12 Plants for Ground Cover in Shade

A Collection of 12 Plants for Ground Cover in Shade

Our selection of 12 hardy perennials for ground cover in shade. We usually include 4 varieties (3 of each) which may include but not limited to plants such as Geranium, Heuchera, Bergenia, Pulmonaria ...... more
£51.99




A Collection of 12 Plants for Ground Cover in Sun

A Collection of 12 Plants for Ground Cover in Sun

Our selection of 12 hardy perennials for ground cover in sun. We usually include 4 varieties (3 of each) which may include but not limited to plants such as Geranium, Nepeta, Bergenia, Ceratostigma ...... more
£51.99




A Collection of 6 Plants for Ground Cover in Shade

A Collection of 6 Plants for Ground Cover in Shade

Our selection of 6 hardy perennials for ground cover in shade. The selection may include but is not limited to plants such as Geranium, Heuchera, Bergenia, Pulmonaria and Ajuga. The actual selection ...... more
£26.99




A Collection of 6 Plants for Ground Cover in Sun

A Collection of 6 Plants for Ground Cover in Sun

Our selection of 6 hardy perennials for ground cover in sun. The selection may include but not limited to plants such as Geranium, Nepeta, Bergenia, Ceratostigma and Waldsteinia. The actual selection ...... more
£26.99




Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegata' Variegated Ground Elder

Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegata'

Attractive variegated form, not as invasive as its plain green sibling but does still cover the ground and will work its way in amongst other plants. Ideal for a wild or woodland area where ground ...... more
£4.50




Alchemilla epipsila Lady's Mantle

Alchemilla epipsila

Compact species with hairy leaves and masses of small green flowers from June-September. Ideal for softening the edge of a path/border. Grow in moist, fertile soil in sun/part shade. Less vigorous ...... more
£4.50




Beach Wormwood

Artemisia stelleriana 'Boughton Silver'

A low-growing evergreen perennial with finely cut intensely grey leaves forming a spreading mat. Needs good drainage and a sunny spot. The unexciting flowers are best removed as they appear, to keep ...... more
£4.50

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Aruncus aethusifolius Dwarf Goats Beard

Aruncus aethusifolius

Very compact species with small finely cut leaves which turn yellow in autumn. Open panicles of cream flowers from June-July. Grow in moisture retentive soil in sun or part shade. Makes a lovely ...... more
£4.50




Athyrium niponicum 'Silver Falls' Japanese Painted Fern

Athyrium niponicum 'Silver Falls'

A superb fern with bi-pinnate, silvery fronds and contrasting red veins. May start into growth later than other ferns. Spreading habit. Grow in moist, humus-rich, neutral to acidic soil in shade. ...... more
£6.50

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Athyrium niponicum v. pictum 'Ursulas Red' Japanese Painted Fern

Athyrium niponicum v. pictum 'Ursulas Red'

Stunning fern with metallic, bi-pinnate, fronds with a dark red stripe down the middle. Low, spreading habit making nice ground cover for summer. Good in a pot. Deciduous. FOLIAGE COLOUR: GreyHEIGHT: ...... more
£5.99

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Bergenia 'Bressingham White'

Bergenia 'Bressingham White'

Valuable for ground cover, this evergreen perennial has large leathery deep green leaves and short stems of delicately, scented tubular white flowers April-May. Grow in humus-rich, moist, well ...... more
£4.99

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Bergenia ciliata Elephant's Ears

Bergenia ciliata

Perennial with fleshy hairy leaves and spikes of pale pink-white flowers in early spring. For a sheltered site in rich, moist, well drained soil in sun/ part shade. 30 cms (1 foot).
£4.99

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Bergenia cordifolia 'Tubby Andrews' Variegated Pigsqueak

Bergenia cordifolia 'Tubby Andrews'

A Bergenia with a striking variegation - the large green leaves are streaked & spotted with golden yellow. The contrasting pink flowers appear in spring. Retentive soil in sun/part-shade. 30 cms (1 ...... more
£5.00




Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'

Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'

A must-have perennial for a shady garden where foliage interest is so important. Striking, silvery leaves and forget-me-not-like blue flowers from April-May. Grow in humus-rich, moist, well drained ...... more
£5.50

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Carex 'Ice Dance'

Carex 'Ice Dance'

Spreading variegated cultivar with fairly wide green leaves with a cream margin and small bottle brushes held alternately on short stems in early summer. Good for shade. Not reliably hardy where ...... more
£5.00





These plants should be in stock soon
Date Expected
Rodgersia podophylla 'Smaragd' 31/05/2015
Primula bulleyana 31/05/2015
Clematis diversifolia 'Hendersonii' 30/05/2015
Geranium phaeum 'Margaret Wilson' 29/05/2015
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