Some areas of our gardens can be a bit bare, or seem a bit empty, and therefore we try to hide or fill them. The simplest and most sensible way to camouflage these little corners of lazy nature is to sow groundcover creeping plants in the affected areas.
These plants will spread through your flower beds without overgrowing and can even form beautiful carpets of various colors and patterns over time. At the same time, they will prevent weeds from thriving too much! Get to know 9 of these sun and shade carpeting creepers that you might not have thought of.
Bergenia is a plant that requires little maintenance and adapts to all types of floors. It is a hardy and robust plant and an excellent ground cover that grows rapidly to form a thick carpet.
It can reach 30 to 60 cm in height and a clump of 30 to 70 cm wide. It will cover the base of a tree or shrub with elegance!
Bergenia produces red, white or pink flowers from February to June (August to December in the H.Sur). Its broad leaves are green, sometimes red depending on the species.
Helixin, also known as “Soleirolia”, is a plant perennial persistent leaves. This plant is semi-rigid and reminiscent of understory moss. The plant produces white and pink flowers from June to August (December to February in the South) and has tiny, round and shiny leaves.
Helixin forms a soft green carpet that can replace the lawn. It can be used to cover the feet of large plants, as it is a shade plant and will grow to a maximum height of 15 cm.
The pulmonaria is a plant aromatic and medicinal. It is resistant and easy to care for. This perennial plant is 15-30 cm tall and 40-60 cm wide.
It is also very popular for its decorative mottled foliage and its showy flowers melliferous. It blooms from March to May (September to November in the South) and has funnel-shaped flowers.
Pulmonaria is a good ground cover plant with a spreading habit that adapts to the shade of the understory. It is suitable for all exposures and can be placed almost anywhere. His only one requirement is a moist soil.
The cotoneaster is an undemanding shrub with a wide variety of shapes: upright, creeping, or shrubby. Have a dense and widespread habit and its roots are anchored more than 2 m deep.
Its leaves are oval and dark green and its flowers have 5 pink or white petals. Then the plant produces small red or orange berries.
The most interesting varieties, as a creeping plant, are the Cotoneaster microphylla and the Cotoneaster dammeri.
Both have evergreen foliage and make good shade-covering creeping plants.
- The former has a creeping habit and can grow up to 50 cm in height.
- The second is an upholstery variety and is 15-20 cm high.
Pachysandra is a plant perennial especially easy to maintain. This plant has few requirements regarding the composition of the soil. It has a widespread habit and foliage always green. Produces small White flowers in May and June (November and December in the South) and has dark green or variegated leaves.
Pachysandra is a shade vegetation cover It can grow up to 15-30 cm tall. It takes time to establish, but after 2-3 years you will be delighted with its robustness. And your beautiful carpet too!
6. Bugula or Medium Comfrey
The creeping bugula, or Ajuga reptans, is a plant perennial that provides spikes of blue flowers (tending to purple), pink or white from May to July (November to January in the H. Sur). Have evergreen foliage in the form of a rosette of green, purple or variegated color.
It is an excellent shade ground cover. It is 15 to 20 cm high and 0.60 cm to 1 m wide. It grows very dense and spreads thanks to its several cm long stolons.
7. Rose bush ground cover
The rose bush can take many different forms: mainly shrubby (in the photo), climbing or creeping. It offers a very wide range of varieties.
This plant produces characteristic flowers of the Rosaceae family, formed by 5 petals whose colors vary infinitely. Its leaves, composed of leaflets (small leaves), are green and abundant.
The rose bush ground cover It can be planted in hard-to-reach places, where it will spread out in groups, and it is not very complicated to maintain. It will serve to protect animals and insects useful for our garden, while adding a refined touch.
Rosal Ground Cover or Landscaper
The bell, also known as “Star of Italy” or “Star of Bethlehem”, is a plant native to the northern hemisphere, but it adapts perfectly to all kinds of climates. Its abundant flowers appear in spring or summer, depending on the species. They are more or less small and have a star or bell-shaped color. white, red, pink, blue or even purple.
The bluebell has oval and crenellated leaves of light or dark green color, and fear limestone when it is too present in the ground, as it causes its leaves to turn yellow.
The Campanula muralis, which can reach 10 to 15 cm in height, it has a particularly upholstery power. It can be quickly invasive. This upholstery plant is quite adapted to direct sun.
To keep in mind: There are more than 300 species!
Tinkerbell or Star of Italy
9. Mauritanian bluebell
The Mauritanian bluebell (Convolvulus Sabatius Mauritanicus) is different from the wild bluebell, which is considered a weed. This plant it is not invasive and it is not wrapped in other plants.
From June to September (December to March in the H. Sur), this plant perennial produces funnel-shaped blue-purplish flowers of 2 to 3 cm. It is very floriferous and supports both frost and drought.
This groundcover vine is a hanging type and grows to a height of 10-30 cm. You will appreciate an exposure to full sun and will elegantly cover the place you choose.
Convolvulus Sabatius Mauritanicus
There are many other ground coverings for shade and sun to cover the ground. We could also mention ivy. Often hardy, they allow those without a green thumb to have a graceful garden. They require less water and maintenance and are a perfect substitute for our grass.
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