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Plants For Ground Cover

The plants below are our recommended varieties for good ground cover for your garden. All the plants in this list are covered by our 3 year hardy plant guarantee

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Hardy Geraniums

Hardy gereniums provide long flowering periods during spring and early summer. They have a spreading ground cover habit.

Likes sun or part shade.



Excellent all year round interest. These neat, compact and tidy shrubs provide low maintenance in your garden.

Ideal for a sunny spot or in part shaded areas of your garden, great for the front of borders.


Vinca Varieties

A vigorous, trailing evergreen shrub with blue / white star shaped flowers. Flowering april to june and until autumn.

Great ground cover for shaded areas or in sun.

Alchemilla Mollis

Alchemilla Mollis

An excellent ground cover plant with feathery sprays of flowers above delicate pale green foliage in summer.

Grows well in moist soils as well as partial shade.

Height: 60cm Spread: 75cm

Pachysantra terminalis

Pachysandra terminalis

A spreading evergreen perennial with toothed, dark green leaves, tiny clusters of white flowers in early summer.

Ideal for ground cover in shade or for underplanting larger plants.

Height: 20cm Spread: indefinite in moist, rich soil.