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Groundcovers

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.
 

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

Under the Sea™ Golden Guppy Coleus, Painted Nettle

Coleus scuttelarioides 'Golden Guppy', Plectranthus scuttelarioides, Solenostemon scuttelarioides, C. blumei

New in 2020! Add a little sunshine to your day! The frilly edged golden orange to bright sunny yellow foliage is narrowly edged in contrasting shades of neon green. The thick foliage is rain resistant and is sun to shade tolerant. Under the Sea™ Golden Guppy Coleus has a low compact habit developing into a neat dense mound of fine textured foliage. Sure to bring a little tropical sun to any setting! Perfectly suited to containers and hanging baskets as a specimen or in mixed company or use it to add an intense spot of sunshine to the garden and landscape. Coleus prefer moist to average moist, fertile soils with average or better drainage. Item# 12518

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10B,11, Annual in zones 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Grows To: 8-12"H x 18-24"W space about 10-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Bright shade, Filtered sunlight, Shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Under the Sea™ Lime Shrimp Coleus, Painted Nettle

Coleus scuttelarioides 'Lime Shrimp', Plectranthus scuttelarioides, Solenostemon scuttelarioides, C. blumei

New for 2020! The deeply lobed bright neon green to medium lime green, curving foliage is edged in deep purple to burgundy occasionally tossing in yellow and fuchsia hues on the young sometimes solid purple new growth. Under the Sea™ Lime Shrimp Coleus is a compact, densely growing semi-dwarf plant growing to about 12-18"H x 12-18"W. Its small stature lends it to use in containers or near the front of the garden or landscape. Sun to shade tolerant. Coleus prefer moist to average moist, fertile soils with average or better drainage. Item# 12523

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10B,11, Annual in zones 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Grows To: 12-18"H x 12-18"W space about 8-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Bright shade, Filtered sunlight, Shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Under the Sea™ Red Coral Coleus, Painted Nettle

Coleus scuttelarioides 'Red Coral', Plectranthus scuttelarioides, Solenostemon scuttelarioides, C. blumei

The fine textured, deeply cut round lobed foliage is predominantly magenta and fuchsia edged in contrasting shades of yellow, neon green, and dark purple. Under the Sea™ Red Coral Coleus is duckfoot coleus-like in form and habit with mounding to trailing tendencies perfectly suited for hanging baskets, as a filler or spiller in mixed container gardens where it will lace its way in and among its neighbors never minding their shade. Utilize its mounding and trailing habit as a groundcover in the garden and landscape. May be best suited to sites where it receives shade during the hottest portion of the day in hot summer climates. Grows to about 12-18" high 16-20" wide. Item# 12526

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10B,11, Annual in zones 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Grows To: 12-18"H x 12-18"W space about 8-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Part sun, Bright shade, Filtered sunlight, Shade, Mostly sunny, Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Under the Sea™ Sea Monkey Apricot Coleus, Painted Nettle

Coleus scuttelarioides 'Sea Monkey Apricot', Plectranthus scuttelarioides, Solenostemon scuttelarioides, C. blumei

The small, lacily edged, softly textured foliage is predominantly sunny yellow to near white at its heart aging to a light apricot with hints of pastel purple and is edged in a narrow band of bright green, purple, and or magenta. Foliage colors may range more into green and purple tones in shade. Under the Sea™ Sea Monkey Apricot Coleus is a compact, densely branched, naturally rounded, mound forming, naturally evergreen tropical eventually building to about 10-12"H x 18-22"W. Perfectly sized for small containers, hanging baskets, small to medium sized window boxes or add it to the garden and landscape for continuous color from spring to frost. Rated a 4.8 in 2016 at the UGA Trial Gardens! Item# 12527

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10B,11, Annual in zones 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Grows To: 10-12"H x 20-22"W space about 4-6" apart
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Part sun, Bright shade, Filtered sunlight, Shade, Mostly sunny, Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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The new foliage of this Stringbean Hoya look alike are touched in pinks and near reds and mature to a nice medium yellow to cream and green with a dark outline on each narrow leaf. This variegated form of Hoya wayetii is a vigorous, yet dainty, and easy to grow Waxflower that creates a tight mat of fine stems and dense foliage that is perfectly suited to spilling from containers and hanging baskets. Item# 11498

Grows To: Mounds to 1-4"H, Trails to 24"+
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Cool early AM sunlight, Filtered sunlight
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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The new foliage of this Stringbean Hoya look alike are touched in pinks and near reds and mature to a nice medium yellow to cream and green with a dark outline on each narrow leaf. This variegated form of Hoya wayetii is a vigorous, yet dainty, and easy to grow Waxflower that creates a tight mat of fine stems and dense foliage that is perfectly suited to spilling from containers and hanging baskets. Item# 11854

Grows To: Mounds to 1-4"H, Trails to 24"+
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Cool early AM sunlight, Filtered sunlight
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Variegated Water Celery, Chinese Celery, Japanese Parsley, Java Waterdropwort

Oenanthe japonica 'Flamingo', O. javanica 'Flamingo'

A dense evergreen ground-covering perennial with pink, green, and cream variegated foliage. The tender spring growth is a relished vegetable in many parts of Asia. Withstands a wide variety of soils and thrives in boggy areas. Item# 713.

Grows To: 6-12"H and spreading
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Dense flattened clusters of dainty white tubular flowers top the narrow blue-green to green fragrant foliage in summer. The small nectar rich flowers of Virginia Mountain Mint, Pycnanthemum virginianum, 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. It is native mainly to the northcentral and northeastern US and is typically found in moist soils but can tolerate drier sites where it is less likely to spread aggressively. Virginia Mountain Mint is tolerant of a wide variety of soil types from clay, to sandy, to rocky as well as calcareous soils. Item# 12355

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

Western Sunflower, Fewleaf Sunflower

Helianthus occidentalis

Bright golden yellow daisies top the sturdy and branched, 3-5' stems of this perennial native Sunflower. The Western Sunflower will quickly create a ground-covering colony of plants by multiplying via underground rhizomes. The spent flower stalks hold seeds for songbirds and will die back to the ground in fall but are quickly replaced by a multitude of new rosettes in winter. An easy and durable plant for naturalizing and native to much of the southeastern US. Considered to be one of the least aggressive spreading Sunflowers. Item# 10240

Grows To: 3-4
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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White Cemetery Iris, White Flag Iris

Iris albicans, I. x albicans, I. florentina var. albicans

In early to midspring the elegant pure white flowers composed of 3 drooping falls and 3 upright white standards are held above the upright to arching, semi-twisty blue-gray sword-like foliage adorning sturdy blue-gray stems. Makes an excellent companion for early spring daffodils and jonquils! The White Cemetery Iris, Iris albicans also I. x albicans, is so named for the fact that cemetaries as well as old home places are often the most common places to find them in the US and it was at first even thought to be native here. It was the practice of Muslim cultures, and possibly others, to adorn graves with this tough and reliable heirloom Bearded Iris where it slowly develops into a dense clump foliage and spring flowers. Provide the White Cemetery Iris with a well-drained soil in a full to mostly sunny location for optimum vigor and flowering. Sold as individual plants actively growing is their own soil and container ready to plant into the garden. They can also be enjoyed as low maintenance container plants. This image is a little unkempt with the normally upright standards swaying in a nice March 'breeze' that morning! Item# 12245

Grows To: 12-24"H, space at about 6-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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White Showers Mexican Petunia, Desert Petunia, Florida Bluebells, Mexican Bluebells

Ruellia brittoniana 'White Showers', R. simplex, R. tweediana

The large pure white trumpets are born freely from summer to fall on upright to arching plants with contrasting rich green glossy foliage. White Showers Mexican Petunia is a white sport of the sterile Purple Showers allowing the plants to spend more energy on an endless supply of white trumpets instead of adding unwanted seedlings to the garden. It does spread via rhizomes creating a tall, weed smothering, ground-covering mass of foliage and stems. This wonderful and vigorous selection produces slightly larger flowers and foliage than most other Mexican Petunias. Item# 10834

Grows To: 30-40"H x 12-18"W space at about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Clusters of pure white flowers are borne from spring to frost on this easy and adaptable perennial. With a low, naturally spreading to weeping habit White Trailing Lantana makes an excellent choice for the garden or as a spiller in mixed containers. Excellent for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Evergreen in mild winter climates and makes a wonderful freely flowering groundcover. Item# 10791.

Grows To: 1-2'H x 4-6'+W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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White Woodland Painted Petals, White Flowering Grass

Freesia laxa 'Alba', Anomatheca laxa, A. cruenta, Lapeirousia laxa

From flattened iris-like bluish-green fans emerge spikes of pure white 1" wide flowers in late spring and early summer. An uncommon pure white form of Woodland Painted Petals or Flowering Grass, Freesia laxa var. alba is an easily grown cormous heirloom perennial and RHS Award of Garden Merit winner which readily multiplies via seed to make a loose groundcover. Provide an average to well-drained soil in a full to partly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. Freesia laxa is suitable for container culture as well as in the garden and landscape. Naturally winter dormant. Typically 2-3 or more bulbs per pot. Item# 11792

Grows To: 8-12"H x 12"W space at about 6-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
2.25 inch T / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Sure to brighten any shaded area this hybrid Acanthus has beautifully variegated deep green, deeply divided foliage that is heavily marked with pink, cream, and white. Whitewater Acanthus was hybridized to produce a more vigorous plant with improved cold hardiness over 'Tasmanian Angel'. In late spring to early summer 4' spikes composed of solid creamy white and pink bracts produce white tubular flowers tipped in pink that can be enjoyed in the garden or as a long lasting cut flower. Use this Acanthus in the garden, landscape, or as low maintenance medium-sized container specimens. Images courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries. Item# 11476

Grows To: 18-24
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Light shade, (Full sun in cooler climates)
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Deep wine-red cupped flowers with contrasting creamy white stamens cover this durable native groundcover in spring with flowering often continuing well into mid-summer and flowering again in fall. Winecups make excellent choice where it can be allowed to naturalize or where it can be enjoyed spilling from large containers or over a wall. This tough native tap-rooted perennial reliably returns year after year and has been selected as a Plant Select® Award winner. Provide a full sun to partly shade site and Winecups are adaptable to soil types but prefer average moisture. Item# 9232.

Grows To: 12-16"H x 3-4
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Woodland Painted Petals, Flowering Grass

Freesia laxa, Anomatheca laxa, A. cruenta, Lapeirousia laxa

From flattened iris-like bluish-green fans emerge spikes of deep coral 1" wide flowers that have a contrasting splotch of dark orange-red at the base of the three lower petals that acts as a 'bee guide' and the flowers are produced over an extended period in late winter, early spring, to spring depending on your zone. Woodland Painted Petals or Flowering Grass, Freesia laxa, is an easily grown cormous heirloom perennial and RHS Award of Garden Merit winner which readily multiplies via seed to make a loose groundcover. Provide an average to well-drained soil in a full to partly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. Freesia laxa is suitable for container culture as well as in the garden and landscape. Naturally winter dormant. Typically 2-3 or more bulbs per pot. Item# 12370

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

Yellow Confederate Jasmine, Star Jasmine, Trader's Compass

Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Lutea', (T. jasminoides 'Star of Toscane'?, T. jasminoides 'Mandianum'?)

Loose clusters of sweetly fragrant, creamy yellow, star shaped flowers are produced over a long period beginning in late spring and early summer on this vigorous and durable evergreen twining climber. This cultivar of Confederate Jasmine appears to flower a good deal longer than the more common white flowered selections. An excellent choice for arbors, trellises, and evergreen screening on a lattice work or fence. Confederate Jasmine can also be used as a deep groundcover that will grow to 12-24" high. Where not hardy they can be maintained as easy and low maintenance container specimens. This may be the same as Woodlander's 'Mandianum' which may yet be the 'Star of Toscane'. Item # 11020

Grows To: 30'H, 2'H as groundcover
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Yellow Firecracker Fern, Firecracker Plant, Coral Fountain Plant

Russelia equisetiformis lutea, R. juncea lutea

The Yellow Firecracker Fern produces loads of 1" creamy yellow tubular flowers that are born in large loose clusters throughout the warmer months of the year or nearly year round where winters are mild. Excellent for Hummingbirds! Plant it with the red for a colorful show. 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 is listed as a Texas A&M Outstanding Coastal Plant. Item # 752.

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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Zebra Plant, Calathea, Prayer Plant

Goeppertia zebrina, Calathea zebrinus

The ovate light green tropical foliage is alternately banded with contrasting dark and light green and has a light green midvein and edging. The Zebra Plant, Goeppertia zebrina previously Calathea zebrinus, adds a delightful tropical look whether it is used as a specimen container plant or as a perennial in shaded gardens and landscapes. This is an easy to grow tropical, naturally evergreen, rhizomatous perennial from southeastern Brazil that prefers an average moist soil rich in organic matter with good drainage as it never wants to remain soggy wet. Prefers high humidity levels which may be supplemented when grown indoors by setting it in a saucer fill with rocks and water. The Zebra Plant has earned the Royal Horticulture Society Award of Garden Merit for its easy going yet durable nature. Item# 12291

Grows To: 24-36"H x 12-18"W space about 8" or more apart
Outdoor Light: Bright shade, Light shade, Cool sunlight like very early morning sun
Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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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

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