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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.
 

Red Dragon Flower, Schneider's Huernia

Huernia schneideriana, Ceropegia schneideriana

The 1" wide star-shaped cupped flowers are a deep maroonish red and may be produced along the succulent deep green upright to arching and trailing stems anytime between spring and fall. The angular stems of the Red Dragon Flower, Huernia schneideriana, are adorned with soft spines and usually start out upright and as they get heavier they begin to arch and trail making an easy and decorative specimen plant for hanging baskets, containers, as well as in mixed container gardens. The Red Dragon Flower is sometimes used a groundcover for larger growing shade loving porch and patio plants. This is truly a shade loving plant preferring bright indirect sunlight or cool shade like very early or very late in the day as hot direct sunlight can burn the stems. Provide excellent drainage and allow the plants to become moderately dry between waterings. Easy, vigorous, and enjoyable! Item# 11242

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10B,11,(9A?, 9B?, 10A?)
Grows To: 8-14"H trailing to 12-14"L
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Cool sunlight, Filtered sunlight
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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The Red Firecracker Fern produces loads of 1" showy red tubular flowers that are born in large loose clusters along the arching ferny stems throughout the warmer months of the year or nearly year round where winters are mild. Excellent for Hummingbirds! This is a durable and long-lived, clump forming perennial that requires little additional care once well-established. The Firecracker Fern has excellent heat and sun tolerance as well as moderate drought resistance once well-established. It is even listed as being suitable for xeriscaping. Firecracker Fern, Russelia equisetiformis, is listed as a Texas A&M Outstanding Coastal Plant as it has excellent resistance to soil and wind born salts, though it could use some protection from harsh, drying winds. It is also an RHS Award of Garden Merit selection. It can be used as a low informal hedge, allow it to spill over walls, enjoy it as a hanging basket, window box, or container specimen, as well as in mixed container gardens. Item# 417

Grows To: 2-4'H+ x 3-5'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Red Fountains Skullcap, Hummingbird Plant, Trailing Skullcap

Scutellaria longifolia 'Red Fountains'

Clusters of deep red, 1 1/2", tubular blooms are borne throughout most of the year on this beautiful tropical spreading to mounding perennial with beautiful glossy rich green foliage. An excellent choice for hanging baskets, spilling from containers, or in the garden where hardy. Provide a moist but well-draining soil for the best results. A hummingbird magnet! Item# 1201.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11,(8B? with protection)
Grows To: 8-12''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Red Spread Lantana (mounding, red and orange)

Lantana camara 'Red Spread'

Red Spread Lantana produces clusters flowers that open orange and then darken to deep rich red on a mounding to spreading plant. Lantanas are excellent free flowering perennials that love the heat and the sun. Use Red Spread as a ground cover or allow it spill from large containers. Great for butterflies and other pollinators. Item# 10104.

Grows To: 24-30"H x 3-4 ft wide
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Clusters of bright golden yellow upward facing daisies are produced atop sturdy stems emerging from the rosettes of rounded low growing deep green foliage in early(8B) to late spring or early summer(3) depending on your cold hardiness zone. Roundleaf Golden Groundsel, Packera obovata, is very similar to the cutleaf Golden Groundsel, Packera aurea, but is more tolerant of full sun as well as light shade and drier growing conditions. This stoloniferous native perennial develops into an evergreen to semi-evergreen mat of low rich green foliage and its flowers attract many early season pollinators, especially bees. Use Roundleaf Golden Groundsel as a groundcover in informal and naturalistic garden settings as well as in roadside plantings, meadows, and prairies. It is native to much of the central and eastern US.   Item# 12249

Grows To: 12-18"H at flowering, foliage 4-6"H, space at 8-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade, Deciduous shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Ruby Necklace, Little Pickles Plant

Othonna capensis 'Ruby Necklace', Crassothonna capensis

Purple, purple tinged to green oblong succulent foliage to about 1" long adorns fine purple stems and is topped by sweet sunny yellow daisies on short fine stems that open on sunny days in late spring, summer, and fall and attract smaller pollinators. This purple to purple tinged form of the Little Pickles Plant, Othonna capensis 'Ruby Necklace', is a suprisingly hardy evergreen perennial, into zone 5!, and develops into a low dense mass of succulent foliage and stems commonly spreading to 12-18" wide or where it is allowed to trail it can reach 36" long. It has the deepest foliage color in full to mostly sunny sites but is also tolerant of partial shade as well as in sunny windows indoors. Use Ruby Necklace in mixed container gardens, as a groundcover, in rock gardens, or allow it to spill from baskets, containers and over rock walls. Super easy and rewarding! It is drought resistant but is also suitable under average moisture conditions as long as it has good drainage. Salt spray, wind, and heat tolerant. Item# 12267

Grows To: 1-4"H x 12-18"W or trailing to 36"L
Outdoor Light: *Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The lightly fragrant, light lavender to light blue, starry, campion-like flowers are composed of narrow petals that are deeply notched at their tips and are produced in clusters atop the narrow low-growing foliage in spring and attract both butteflies and moths. Sand Phlox, Phlox bifida, is a low-growing, mat-forming, taprooted, somewhat shrubby perennial from the north central US with good disease resistance. It is also quite adaptable to garden locations from sun to light shade, dry to average moist, and both acidic and alkaline soil pH. Excellent drainage may be optimum along with at least some direct sunlight during the day for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 12450

Grows To: 4-6"H space at 10-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Deciduous shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Sassy Pink Confederate Jasmine

Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Sassy'

Just when you thought you had seen it all and then you encounter this rare form of Confederate Jasmine with its decidedly pink flowers and wonderful fragrance are produced over an extended period in spring! The rich dark green glossy foliage provides the perfect foil for the flowers and its evergreen too! A popular, and durable vine with a twining habit that is able to climb our southern pine species without any assistance. Requires minimal care once established. Item# 3038

Grows To: 30'H, 2'H as groundcover
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade

Satin Checks Peacock Ginger, Resurrection Lily, Kaempferia

Kaempferia elegans 'Satin Checks', K. laotica 'Satin Checks'

The large oval flat tropical looking rosettes of foliage is heavily checkered with deep burgundy to near black satiny checks that contrast nicely with the rich medium to deep green foliage. Satin Checks Peacock Ginger, Kaempferia elegans 'Satin Checks' and is still commonly offered as a cultivar of K. laotica, is a tropical, low growing, short rhizomatous, herbaceous perennial that naturally goes dormant in fall and returns in mid to late spring. In summer the rosettes may produce 1" wide lavender to purple flowers but the plants are grown mainly as an accent or groundcover that is happy in any average moist, well-drained, fertile soil in shaded sites. Peacock Gingers are often recommended as a Hosta or Plantain Lily replacement in hot summer climates. It can also be enjoyed as an easy and rewarding container specimen or as a ground cover beneath larger plants for a shaded porch or patio. Bring containerized plants indoors prior to the first freeze. Satin Checks Peacock Ginger is reported to tolerate some cool early or very late evening sunlight to filtered sunlight but bright shade is likely optimum for the best looking foliage. Item# 12990

Grows To: 6-10"H x 12-16"W
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Filtered Shade, Shade, Cool filtered morning sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Selfheal, Heal-All, Prunella

Prunella vulgaris

An easy groundcovering perennial, Selfheal produces dense spikes of contrasting coppery tinged green bracts from which row after row of white tubular flowers with a purple 'hood' emerge. It begins flowering in early to mid spring lasting for several weeks providing nectar to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. This member of the mint family is easy to establish and requires little care once established in the garden. Use Selfheal as a groundcover, on roadsides, as a component of the meadow, prairie and other naturalistic settings. Selfheal can be used to good effect spilling over walls or even in containers if you feel you need to contain it. Deer, rabbit, and pest resistant. Mainly a winter and spring growing perennial that moves into dormancy after seeds set in summer. Item# 11176

Grows To: 8-14"H at flowering x 18-24"W, space at about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade

Silver Mound Lantana is a low growing, mounding lantana that produces an abundance of soft yellow flowers that mature to white and are borne from spring to fall attracting a variety of other smaller pollinators as well as butterflies. An old favorite with the vigor and flower power of the ever popular New Gold as it spends its energy on flower production instead of seed production. An excellent low maintenance groundcover or for the front of the garden or landscape. Item# 10896.

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

A low and compact plant, Sinaloan Blue Sage produces dark colored spikes that are adorned with electric blue tubular flowers from spring to fall. The textured foliage is typically tinted with shades of purple as well especially when grown in sunnier conditions. It makes a good companion plant for larger growing Salvias and other plants as well as a compact container plant that looks nice even when not flowering. Provide good drainage and partial shade in areas with hot summer climates. Item# 11160

Grows To: 12-18''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun*, Part sun, Part shade

Snow Flurry White Heath Aster, Many-Flowered Aster

Symphyotrichum ericoides 'Snow Flurry', Aster ericoides

This low growing, mat forming perennial covers up in 1/2" wide white daisies with yellow eyes in late summer and fall attracting bees and smaller pollinators. Snow Flurry White Heath Aster, a selection ofSymphyotrichum ericoides , is a 4-8" high, sprawling, groundcovering selection of this normally 3' high native perennial with dark green narrow heath or juniper like foliage. This species is found most commonly throughout much of the central US as well as into the northeastern and northwestern regions. Provide this easy perennial with a full to mostly sunny site and well-drained, semi-dry soils. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 12246

Grows To: 4-8"H x 18-24"W, space at 12" for groundcover
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Snow-N-Summer™ Asiatic Jasmine, Japanese Star Jasmine

Trachelospermum asiaticum 'HOSNS' (a.k.a. Snow-N-Summer)

Bright rosy pink to rosy red new growth matures to bright white and green creating a yearround splash of color in the garden, landscape, and even as a spiller for containers and over retaining walls. Snow-N-Summer™ Asiatic Jasmine, a wonderfully colorful selection of Trachelospermum asiaticum, creates a tough and easy, evergreen groundcover that has the ability to thrive even under trying conditions. This 6-12" high groundcover to small twining vine can produce creamy yellow fragrant flowers similar to Confederate or Star Jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides, when grown as a vine or when allowed to trail from hanging baskets and over retaining walls, though it is generally infrequent and is the exception rather than the rule. Few plants can compete with the disposition of this dense groundcover once it is fully established in the landscape making it an easy and reliable choice for landscapers and tough to garden in areas, like beneath trees, where few other plants can thrive or in parking lot islands. It is heat loving, both sun and shade tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant, and has few pest or disease issues particularly when grown in soil with average or better drainage. For the best and brightest foliage coloration some direct sunlight during the day is beneficial and the more the better. Probably best suited to zones 8 and warmer for inground plantings but it can be used as a groundcover in containers beneath larger plants. item# 1188

Grows To: 6-8"H and spreading, space plants about 9-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Light azure blue falls and standards are accented with darker veining and deep golden yellow bee guides. The Southern Blue Flag, Iris virginica tentatively, is a native of Louisiana but is not an actual Louisiana Iris as we had originally thought as the mother plant was shared with us without a name. We previously offered this as Light Blue Louisina Iris but it has kindly been tentatively identified for us by a Louisiana Iris grower and appears to fit the botanical descriptions. The Southern Blue Flage is just as vigorous and hardy as the Louisiana Irises and will do well under similarly moist to wet to average moist soils in a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. It 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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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A 1958 Monrovia introduction, Spreading Sunset Lantana produces rounded clusters of nectar rich flowers that open yellow and fade through shades of orange to near red creating an overall orange effect. This a trailing Lantana that lends itself to use as a groundcover in the garden or landscape or as a spiller from large containers. The flowers attract a variety of pollinators especially butterflies and bees. Provide a full to mostly sunny position for the best results. Item# 11048

Grows To: 2-3'H x 5-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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St. John Variegated Ganges Primrose, Chinese Violet, Creeping Foxglove

Asystasia gangetica subsp. gangetica 'St. John', Justicia gangetica

Lavender trumpets with white throats may be produced throughout the growing season, or nearly year round in mild winter climates, in spike-like clusters and nicely complement the creamy white to soft buttery yellow and green variegated, rounded foliage. The Ganges Primrose is a naturally evergreen (in frost-free climates), groundcover-like, mounding and spreading, shrub-like perennial. Use as a non-aggressive groundcover in the garden or filler in containers. The flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Item# 11049

Grows To: 8-12"H x 24-36"W
Outdoor Light: *Full sun, Part sun, AM sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 5
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String of Dolphins, Dolphin Plant, Flying Dolphins

Curio x peregrinus, Senecio x peregrinus, C. peregrinus

Unusual bluish-green to gray-green foliage is shaped like dolphins leaping from the water and are attached to thin succulent trailing stems that can reach over 36 inches in length. The String of Dolphins or Dolphin Plant is considered to be a hybrid of the String of Pearls, Senecio rowleyanus, and the Candle Plant, Senecio articulatus. Like its parents, it prefers a soil with excellent drainage and cool sunlight to high indirect light making this an easy choice for a covered porch, patio, or windowsill. May produce white discoid flowers in fall that are very similar to those of the String of Pearls. Allow the soil to become moderately dry between waterings although it can tolerate slightly more moisture when in active growth. To learn more about how to care for this plant see our Cactus and Succulent Growing Guide. Item# 12172

Grows To: 3-6"H x 12-36"L
Outdoor Light: Cool sunlight like early morning or late evening, Part sun, Light shade, Filtered shade
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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String of Pearls

Senecio rowleyanus, Kleinia rowleyanus

An unusual and popular trailing succulent, the String of Pearls produces strings of perfectly round, pearl-sized, green to grayish green leaves that can reach 18-36" in length. This easy to grow succulent makes a beautiful small hanging basket or allow it to trail and spill from containers where it is sure to be a conversation piece. Not only is the foliage of this plant unique in form, each round leaf has a small slightly darker green narrow slit-like "epidermal window" that allows more light to enter the internal part of the leaf to help make up for the leave's overall reduced surface area, due to being round instead of flat, for photosynthesis. Provide a well-drained, cactus-like soil and allow the soil to become slightly dry between waterings. Prefers high light conditions but no direct sunlight. We ship nice full plants that are already beginning to trail. Item# 1125

Grows To: Trailing to 2-3'L
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Texan Trailing Phlox

Phlox nivalis ssp. texensis

An exceptionally rare species found only in 4 Texas counties, Texan Trailing Phlox is a low growing groundhugging perennial that produces clusters of deep fuchsia pink Thrift-like flowers held above the low trailing stems that are densely covered in short needle-like deep green foliage. The flowers attract butterflies large and small alike. This evergreen native perennial needs excellent drainage and is typically found growing on sandy pimple mounds. It can be used as a groundcover in the garden and landscape where soils have excellent drainage. Texan Trailing Phlox, Phlox nivalis ssp. texensis, also makes an easy and forgiving container plant with stems that can trail to 12" or more. In containers use a cactus-like mix and preferrably unglazed terra cotta containers. Item# 11966

Grows To: 6-9"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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The fuzzy dangling crimson flowers of this tough little trailing perennial are born throughout the warmer months of the year or all year long when grown indoors. Generally considered an annual, the Trailing Chenille Plant is actually a cold hardy and durable perennial suitable for full sun or light shade. It makes the perfect hanging basket plant or spiller for container gardens or trailing over walls where its fiery red catkins provide a continuous display of color. Item# 680.

Grows To: 8-12''H x 18-24''L
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade

Trailing Violet, Australian Violet, Ivy-Leaved Violet, Tasmanian Trailing Violet, Violets

Viola banksii, V. hederacea, Erpetion hederaceum, E. reniforme, V. reniforme

Produces brightly contrasting white and purple typical violet-shaped flowers from spring to fall to nearly year-round under warm tropical winter conditions. The Australian Trailing Violet makes a choice groundcover for moist shady areas or spilling up to 3-6' long from hanging baskets and containers. Prefers a moist, rich soil with shade during the hottest part of the day. Item# 682

Grows To: 4''H and spreading, trails to 3-6', space at 9-12
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Light shade, AM sun, Filtered shade

Tricolor Variegated Asiatic Jasmine, Japanese Star Jasmine

Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Tricolor'

A tough and easy evergreen groundcover producing bronze new-growth that develops into contrasting creamy white and rich green variegation. Tricolor Asiatic Jasmine, a selection of Trachelospermum asiaticum, is a naturally evergreen, 6-12" high groundcover to small twining vine that can produce creamy yellow fragrant flowers similar to Confederate or Star Jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides, when grown as a vine or when allowed to trail from hanging baskets and over retaining walls, though it is generally infrequent and is the exception rather than the rule. Few plants can compete with the disposition of this dense groundcover once it is fully established in the landscape making it an easy and reliable choice for landscapers and tough to garden in areas, like beneath trees, where few other plants can thrive or in parking lot islands. It is heat loving, both sun and shade tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant, and has few pest or disease issues particularly when grown in soil with average or better drainage. For the best and brightest foliage coloration some direct sunlight during the day is beneficial. Probably best suited to zones 8 and warmer for inground plantings but it can be used as a groundcover in containers beneath larger plants. This cultivar is generally a little more vigorous and faster growing than Snow-N-Summer™ but lacks the bright pink variegation. Item# 2982

Grows To: 6-12"H and spreading, space plants about 9-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade

Under the Sea Selfheal, Heal-all, Prunella

Prunella vulgaris 'Under the Sea'

An easy groundcovering perennial, Under the Sea Selfheal produces fat spikes of dark bracts from which tubular purplish pink flowers emerge over an extended period from late spring and through early summer providing nectar to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. This member of the mint family is easy to establish and requires little care once established in the garden as a groundcover beneath larger perennials or as a component of the meadow or prairie. Selfheal can be used to good effect spilling over walls or even in containers if you feel you need to contain it. Item# 11176

Grows To: 8-14"H x 18-24"W, space at 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Red Dragon Flower, Schneider's Huernia

Huernia schneideriana, Ceropegia schneideriana

The 1" wide star-shaped cupped flowers are a deep maroonish red and may be produced along the succulent deep green upright to arching and trailing stems anytime between spring and fall. The angular stems of the Red Dragon Flower, Huernia schneideriana, are adorned with soft spines and usually start out upright and as they get heavier they begin to arch and trail making an easy and decorative specimen plant for hanging baskets, containers, as well as in mixed container gardens. The Red Dragon Flower is sometimes used a groundcover for larger growing shade loving porch and patio plants. This is truly a shade loving plant preferring bright indirect sunlight or cool shade like very early or very late in the day as hot direct sunlight can burn the stems. Provide excellent drainage and allow the plants to become moderately dry between waterings. Easy, vigorous, and enjoyable! Item# 11242

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10B,11,(9A?, 9B?, 10A?)
Grows To: 8-14"H trailing to 12-14"L
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Cool sunlight, Filtered sunlight
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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