If you are a regular reader of this flower blog, you may have noticed that sometimes we would say that this or that plant would be perfect for use as a groundcover. But do you know that we mean by “groundcover?”
A groundcover (or sometimes, ground cover) is a plant used in landscaping to cover up and beautify empty areas, while preventing soil erosion and suppressing the growth of weeds.
There are many different types of groundcovers available, ranging in sizes, forms and colours. They can be few inches to 4 feet tall! Groundcovers tend to clump or trail. As well, they can be evergreen or deciduous. Some groundcovers will even flower!
There are five main types of plants that are used as groundcovers: vines, herbaceous plants, low growing shrubs, moss and ornamental grasses. The most popular groundcover is lawn grass. Besides creating a play area for kids and pets, groundcovers also be used in garden beds to create texture and interest, add colour and soften walkways and driveways.
Groundcovers are easy to grow, especially if you select plants that are suitable for your climate/soil type. Most groundcovers are planted in the spring or fall, as summer planting requires watering and a bit more care. If planting in the fall, be sure to add a layer of mulch to protect from frost. For year round colour and everlasting beauty, choose evergreen groundcovers that will remain attractive, even in the winter months. Space the plants about 6-12 inches (15-30cm) apart. Water regularly during the first year until the plants get established.
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