Spacing Groundcovers

There is no hard and fast rule regarding the spacing of groundcovers at the time of planting. The closer the spacing, the faster the bed will fill in. Generally, the spacing scheme is based upon the size of the plants, preference, budget, and the location of the bed. Keep in mind that the longer the bed takes to fill in, the more maintenance in the form of weeding and mulching will be required.

Mulching

Liberal amounts of weed-free mulch are an essential part of a successful groundcover planting. The mulch helps to deter weeds, retain moisture and prevent heaving over winter. Shredded bark at 2-3″ (5-7.5cm) covering is quite effective in preventing weeds. One cubic yard (0.75 cubic metres) of mulch will cover 100 square feet (10 square meters) to a depth of 3-4″ ( 7.5-10cm).

Groundcover Fact Sheet

The Right Plant for the Right Place

SLOPES

Euonymus

Hedera

Hypericum

Lonicera

Polygonum

Parthenocissus

Potentilla

Vinca

 

SUN LOVING

Aegopodium

Ajuga

Artemisia

Cotoneaster

Dianthus

Euonymus

Festuca

Hedera

Hosta

Hypericum

Juniper

Lamium

Lonicera

Parthenocissus

Polygonum

Potentilla

Sagina

Sedum

Sempervivum

Spirea

Vinca

SHADE LOVING

Aegopodium

Ajuga

Euonymus

Galium

Hedera

Hosta

Hydrangea petiolaris

Lamium

Lysimachia

Pachysandra

Polygonum

Potentilla

Vinca

NATIVE

Arctostophylus

Campsis radicans

Celastrus scadens

Hemerocallis

Heuchera

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

 

ROCK GARDEN

Lysimachia

Sempervivum

Sagina

Sedum

Thyme