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These are ground covering plants that readily develop into a mass of stems, leaves, and / or flowers. Groundcovers act like a living mulch and once fully established often help to shade the ground beneath them which helps to reduce weeds. This is also a good way to make a statement in the garden or landscape or use these plants as fillers beneath and around larger growing plants.
 

A big and bold Peacock Ginger as the name Grande implies, it produces a rosette of silver splashed blue-tinged green leaves that are up to 2' long and the plants grow to 2' high and wide. This easy to grow shade loving perennial prefers a moist humus rich well drained soil. Grande Peacock Ginger goes totally dormant in winter and waits until the soil warms in spring before producing clusters of large rosy pink flowers that fade away before the tropical foliage emerges. Grow it in the garden as a summer groundcover, specimen, or as a container plant where not hardy. Peacock Gingers are like Hostas for mild winter regions. Item# 11009

Grows To: 18-24"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Filtered Shade, Shade, Cool morning sun
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Great Clorox Disaster Paraguayan Night Shade, Blue Potato Bush, Solanum Vine

Lycianthes rantonnetii 'Great Clorox Disaster', Solanum rantonnetii

Bright creamy white and bluish green variegated foliage adorn the trailing stems and act as a contrasting foil for the royal purple, saucer shaped flowers that are produced throughout the growing season and may be followed by decorative bright red berries. The foliage alone makes it worth growing as a specimen plant or use it as a bright spiller or thrilling groundcover beneath larger plants. An especially beautiful form of Variegated Paraguayan Night Shade, the Great Clorox Disaster can also be trained onto a trellis and as a tree form. Item# 11039

Grows To: 8-16"H x 2-3
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade (Part shade in S regions)
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Gregg's Mist Flower, West Texas Ageratum

Conoclinium greggii, C. dissectum, Eupatorium greggii

Flat topped clusters of bluish-purple Ageratum-like flowers are borne atop short sturdy stems that are adorned with finely cut and softly textured, medium green foliage. The flowers attract loads of butterflies as well as other pollinators and Gregg's Mist Flower flowers most heavily beginning in late summer and lasting through fall. Its rhizomatous though non-aggressive nature makes this durable and drought resistant perennial an excellent addition to the garden where it can be utilized as a groundcover as well as in naturalistic settings. It does seem to prefer a little midday and afternoon shade, especially in the hottest summer climates and in dryer settings. Item# 10811.

Grows To: 18-24"H space about 12-18" apart
Outdoor Light: Part sun, Part shade, Light shade, Full sun*
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Hairy Mountainmint, Whorled Mountainmint

Pycnanthemum verticillatum var. pilosum

Dense clusters of dainty white to lavender tubular flowers top the hairy blue-green to green fragrant foliage in summer. The small nectar rich flowers of Hairy Mountain Mint attract a wide variety of pollinators, and are especially important to native bees. This is a rhizomatous native perennial that will readily spread especially in moist soils. Hairy Mountainmint, Pycnanthemum verticillatum var. pilosum, is native to the northcentral US, mainly Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Arkansas, eastern Tennessee, eastern Kentucky and as far south as northern Mississippi. It is typically found in moist, calcareous soils but can tolerate drier sites where it is less likely to spread aggressively. Item# 11763

Grows To: 2-3'H x 1-2'W and spreading, space at about 1' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

4 petaled rosy pink 1" wide flowers are produced in loose clusters atop a compact mass of foliage and stems that are tinged with red. The Virginia Meadow Beauty, or Handsome Harry, is a rhizomatous groundcovering perennial that readily multiplies but is not aggressive. The colorful foliage and stems can be almost as pretty as the flowers and certainly adds to the beauty of this native species. Tolerant of average moist soils once well-established, it is more commonly found in continuously moist to wet sites in sandy acidic soils. *In more sun it will prefer more moisture and will tolerate average moist sites where it receives midday and or afternoon shade. On sunny days the flower petals may fall away around noon. Attracts native bees for buzz pollination. Item# 11762

Grows To: 12-24"H, space at about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: *Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Midday and or Afternoon shade
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Spikes of 1" blue to purple tubular flowers that are tipped with white on the lower two petals are produced over an extended period beginning in mid to late spring into late summer if moisture is adequate. Heartleaf Skullcap, Scuttelaria ovata, is a shade-loving rhizomatous groundcovering evergreen native perennial with heart-shaped foliage that emerges a purplish red to burgundy and maintains a tinge of that coloration even at maturity. This species is widely distributed throughout much of central and eastern US and extends into both Canada and northern Mexico. Heartleaf Skullcap is tolerant of dry shade once well-established which is one of the more difficult combinations for plants to thrive in. It will be most apt to flower longest under average moisture conditions. The flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and other garden beneficials. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 11979

Grows To: 12-24"H x 15-18"W space about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning sunlight, Filtered shade, Light shade, Shade
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Herbstonne or Autumn Sun Green Eyed Coneflower, Shining Coneflower

Rudbeckia x 'Herbstonne', R. x 'Autumn Sun', R. laciniata 'Herbstonne', R. nitida 'Herbstonne'

Huge 4-6" bright yellow, green-eyed daisies are held on4-6'+ sturdy stems and produce an extended summer display. A reliable and vigorous clump forming perennial that is adored by butterflies and pollinators of all shapes and sizes. The rich green deeply cut foliage is disease and pest resistant. Deadhead spent flowers to extend the flowering season well into fall. Appreciates ample moisture when in growth. One of our favorites! Item# 9366.

Grows To: 4-5'H x 2-3'W, space about 1' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Home Fires Creeping Phlox

Phlox stolonifera 'Home Fires'

Clusters of dark pink flowers are borne in abundance in early spring atop the low lush green foliage of this hardy native evergreen groundcover and although it spreads by stolons, it's short stature allows it to fill in beneath and around larger plants. An excellent choice for deciduous shade or partially shaded areas with average moisture. Phlox are great for butterflies! Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item#10316.

Grows To: 2-4"H x 12-18"W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Hoya bilobata

Hoya bilobata, H. tsangii

One of the daintiest of Hoyas with small olive green foliage and produces 1-2" clusters of tiny brick red flowers with pink centers. The foliage can vary from being heart-shaped to simple. When grown in full sun the leaves typically develop red margins. Grow in hanging baskets or on a small trellis. Item# 3090.

Grows To: Trailing or climbing to 24"+
Outdoor Light: Light shade
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Katie Dwarf Pink Ruellia, Dwarf Mexican Petunia, Desert Petunia, Mexican Blue Bells, Florida Bluebells

Ruellia caerulea 'Katie Pink', R. brittonia, R. tweediana, R. malacosperma

Katy Dwarf Pink Mexican Petunia is a lovely dwarf perennial that produces loads of pink trumpet shaped flowers tucked in among the narrow dark green glossy foliage from spring to frost on a compact low mounding plant. This durable perennial makes a great border, groundcover, or makes a great addition to containers. The flowers of Ruellias attract bees, butterflies, and even the occassional hummingbird although they would not be as likely to get this near the ground. Where winters experience freezing temperatures (zones 8A-9B) this tough little tropical perennial may freeze back to near ground level but generally readily returns in spring once soil temperatures begin to warm. Item# 917

Grows To: 6-12"H x 8-12"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade

Kung Fuchsia Phlox (Fuchsia Pink)

Phlox 'Kung Fuchsia' PPAF

Masses of bright fuchsia flowers cover up the deep green foliage of this intermediate sized perennial beginning in late spring or early summer with some repeat flowering until late summer or early fall. Kung Fuchsia Phlox is a clump forming slowly spreading hybrid perennial with excellent disease resistance, flowering that begins 2-3 weeks earlier than the typical Garden Phlox, and with an exceptionally long flowering season. Phlox are found nowhere else but North America and their nectar rich flowers are butterfly pollinated. Provide Kung Fuchsia Phlox with an average moist, moderately fertile soil in a full to mostly sunny position whether in the garden and landscape or as an easy and low maintenance container plant.  Image courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11935

Grows To: 16-18"H x 12-16"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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La Bufa Rosa White Rainlily

Zephyranthes 'La Bufa Rosa White'

Widely flaring white, up to 2" wide flowers are borne from spring through fall with flowers appearing in greatest abundance after rains. With arching to upright narrow strap-like foliage and excellent durability rainlilies make a good choice for the front of the perennial border. Use them in mass plantings to great effect. Multiplies readily and often readily reseed. Tolerant of sun or shade and wet or dry although the best flowering is likely to occur with a sunnier location. Item# 10934.

Grows To: 10-12''H x 12-14''W
Outdoor Light: Sun, Part sun, AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Landscape Bandana® Lemon Zest Lantana (Trailing, Yellow)

Lantana camara 'Bani Yelbic' PP21617, Can 4,125

Clusters of nectar rich flowers open a pale primrose yellow that fades to a deep golden yellow on a trailing to mounding plant.  Landscape Bandana® Lemon Zest Lantana was selected for its low trailing to mounding habit, rich color, and increased reliability. The new Landscape Bandana® Lantanas show improved hardiness, a low mounding habit, drought resistance, and require little to no deadheading to keep them flowering continuously throughout the growing season. Item# 11214

Grows To: 18"H x 36"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Landscape Bandana® Pink Lantana (Trailing, Pink)

Lantana camara 'Landscape Bandana Pink' PPAF

Clusters of nectar rich flowers open a creamy yellow and deepen to nice rosey pink on a trailing to mounding plant. Landscape Bandana® Pink Lantana was selected for its low trailing to mounding habit, rich color, reduced seed set, and increased reliability. The new Landscape Bandana® Lantanas show improved hardiness, a low mounding habit, drought resistance, and require little to no deadheading to keep them flowering continuously throughout the growing season. Item# 11215

Grows To: 18"H x 36"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Light Blue Louisiana Iris

Iris 'Louisiana Light Blue'

Light azure blue falls and standards are accented with darker veining and golden yellow bee guides. This Louisiana Iris was shared with us without a name but appears to be fairly vigorous whether as species or hybrid. If you recognize it please feel free to drop us a line. Grow it in average moist to wet soils, or they can be set in water gardens where the container is just below the water's surface. Item# 11808

Grows To: 16-24"H, space at about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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The gray evergreen foliage of this durable native perennial contrasts nicely in the garden. Louisiana Artemesia, sometimes called Dusty Miller, creates a mass of silvery-gray foliage and stems that spreads fairly quickly and develops into large colonies. Drought tolerant, deer and pest resistant, and a good larger groundcover. Item# 10343.

Grows To: 18-36"H x 12-24"W++
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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A beautiful and compact selection of our native Woodland Phlox, Louisiana Blue produces large clusters of purplish-blue flowers that are held above the rich green foliage in early spring. An easy to grow groundcover that does well in deciduous shade since it is a winter and early spring growing perennial. Provide a well-drained soil, acid soil with partial shade during summer for the best results. Item# 9410.

Grows To: 6-12"H space at 6-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Margarita Carolina Yellow Jessamine, Carolina Jasmine, Evening Trumpet Flower, Woodbine

Gelsemium sempervirens 'Margarita', Bignonia sempervirens, G. lucidum, G. nitidum, Jeffersonia sempervirens, Lisianthus sempervirens

A more cold hardy selection of the fragrant Carolina Jasmine, Margarita produces masses of primrose yellow trumpets to herald the coming of spring. The fragrance of this easy to grow twining native vine can stop you in your tracks on a night time garden stroll! Makes a low maintenance cover for wire fences or provide it with an arbor or trellis to scramble up. Item# 9071.

Grows To: 10-20'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Meehan's Mint, Creeping Mint

Meehania cordata

Whorls of 1" long tubular violet-blue flowers on 3" high spikes are accented with lighter white lips dotted with violet are produced atop the low 1-2" high rich green trailing foliage. The mid to late spring flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Something of a Lamium look-alike and considered a good native replacement for Ajuga, Meehan's Mint, Meehania cordata, is an unaggressive low trailing stoloniferous mat-forming native perennial well-suited to moist to periodically dry, well-drained soils in shaded sites. It appears to be most common in West Virginia with populations spilling over into most adjoing states. Meehan's Mint can be added as a groundcover for shaded gardens or spilling from containers as a specimen for a shaded porch or patio. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 11978

Grows To: 1-4"H x 12-15"W space about 8-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning sunlight, Filtered shade, Light shade, Shade
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Edged in broad bands of creamy white the medium green foliage of the Mezoo Variegated Ice Plant makes a wonderful low trailing plant to add to mixed container gardens, in hanging baskets, or in the ground. This is a drought resistant succulent perennial that produces finely petaled deep rosy red flowers that contrast nicely with the variegated foliage. Provide a well-drained soil and at least some sun for the best growth and flowering in a well-drained soil. Can be overwintered indoors where not hardy or use it as a vigorous annual. Item# 11235

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9B,10,11,(*9A?,*8B?)
Grows To: 2-6"H x 12-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Branched flowering stems produce 2-3" wide white flowers sometimes blushed with light lavender are produced over a long period in mid spring. A wide band and dots of golden yellow sit in the center of the outer petals or falls and a trio of light lavender petal like styles sit at the center of each flower. Nada Crested Iris readily colonizes shady sites and can even create a groundcover among tree roots. This durable Iris prefers average moist, well-drained sites and needs practically no care once established. Item# 1162

Grows To: 12-18''H and spreading
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Shade, Filtered Shade, Cool morning sunlight
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A butterfly and pollinator magnet and the standard in Trailing Lantanas! This low growing, groundcovering Lantana produces an endless display of deep golden yellow flowers from late spring to fall. The clusters of brilliant yellow flowers positively shine against the glossy dark green foliage. New Gold Lantana rarely fruits and its mostly sterile pollen make this long popular selection a gardener and landscapers dream with its impressive flower power and reliability! New Gold creates a low maintenance colorful groundcover or use it as a spring to fall filler, spiller, or specimen for medium to large containers. Item # 3032.

Grows To: 18-24''H x 3-4'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

October Skies Aromatic Aster

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'October Skies', Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies'

Masses of 1" yellow-eyed bluish purple daisies absolutely cover this plant for weeks in late summer and fall. October Skies Aster is a low mounding perennial that develops into a compact shrub-like plant by flowering time. Excellent fall color for the garden as well as drought tolerance and pest and disease resistance make this an excellent addition to the perennial or wildflower border. Item# 9913.

Grows To: 18-24"H x 24-30"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun
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These fern-like plants have low-growing, trailing stems that have beautiful pinkish-green new growth that matures to a deep blue green with a metallic blue sheen. It makes a great trailing plant spilling from containers and baskets, in terrariums, or as a low, perennial groundcover out of doors where hardy. Item# 539.

Grows To: 1-3''H and spreads/trails to 2'+
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Part shade
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A big and bold Peacock Ginger as the name Grande implies, it produces a rosette of silver splashed blue-tinged green leaves that are up to 2' long and the plants grow to 2' high and wide. This easy to grow shade loving perennial prefers a moist humus rich well drained soil. Grande Peacock Ginger goes totally dormant in winter and waits until the soil warms in spring before producing clusters of large rosy pink flowers that fade away before the tropical foliage emerges. Grow it in the garden as a summer groundcover, specimen, or as a container plant where not hardy. Peacock Gingers are like Hostas for mild winter regions. Item# 11009

Grows To: 18-24"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Filtered Shade, Shade, Cool morning sun
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