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Ground Cover Plants


Ground cover plants are perfect for a variety of garden areas, from covering steep banks to livening up bare patches of soil beneath trees and shrubs. They help suppress weed growth and are generally low maintenance plants. Ground covering plants are ideal when time is limited in the garden.


Take a look at our guide on growing ground cover plants for top tips on planting and choosing the right varieties for your garden.

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Ground Cover Collection

A delightful collection of evergreen low-growing, vigorous ground cover plants that will give your garden year-round interest. These plants have a spreading habit and will soon create carpets of colour in your garden borders. Dainty flowers will emerge throughout spring and summer to add to your displays. These low-maintenance plants are ideal for rock gardens, dry sunny banks, wall crevices or the front of borders to add sparkle to your garden. The added beauty of ground cover plants is that they will help suppress weeds, making your borders even easier to manage.

This collection includes:
  • Alpine Rock Cress or Arabis alpina subsp. caucasica 'Rosea' which is a vigorous, evergreen perennial that will thrive in the poorest of soils. In late spring it will be smothered in sweetly scented pink flowers. Height: 15cm (6"). Spread: 50cm (20").
  • Mountain Sandwort or Arenaria montana 'Avalanche' – a pretty, evergreen perennial that produces masses of white cup-shaped blooms throughout late spring and early summer. Height: 15cm (6"). Spread: 30cm (12").
  • Dianthus deltoides 'Shrimp' – A super maiden pink that bursts into flower from June through to August, with an abundance of dainty pink blooms on slender stems. Height: 20cm (8"). Spread: 30cm (12").
  • Aubrieta 'Royal Red' – A carpet-forming, evergreen perennial that produces an abundance of bright pink flowers throughout spring. Height: 10cm (4"). Spread: 45cm (18").
  • Aurinia saxatilis compactum 'Gold Ball' – Is a close relative to Alyssum, and provides a nice compact plant which will burst into yellow flowers in May and June. Height: 20cm (8"), Spread: 30cm (12").
  • Sedum selskianum 'Spirit' – A fantastic drought resistant stonecrop that produces starry yellow flowers above glossy foliage from June to September. Height: 10cm (4"). Spread: 25cm (10").

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    • 72 plug tray plants

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Helianthemum Collection

Rock Rose, Sun Rose

Delicate, papery Rock rose flowers will bring a bright splash of colour to your garden from May to July. The spreading silver-green foliage of these drought tolerant shrubs makes ideal groundcover in coastal gardens or on sunny banks and borders. Height: 20cm (8"). Spread: 30cm (12"). Supplied as plug plants.

  • Collection comprises:
  • Helianthemum 'Ben Fhada' - A popular variety bearing sunshine yellow flowers with deep golden centres.
  • Helianthemum 'The Bride' - An RHS AGM variety with pure white, tissue paper blooms.
  • Helianthemum 'Pink Angel' - A double flowered variety producing ruffled rosettes of rose pink petals.
  • Helianthemum 'Ben Mohr' - Another well loved variety for its vibrant orange blooms.
  • Helianthemum 'Peachy Keen' - An overwhelming amount of peachy-pink petals.
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    • 5 helianthemum plug plants - 1 of each variety

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    • £9.99
    • 10 helianthemum plug plants - 2 of each variety

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    • 20 helianthemum plug plants - 4 of each variety

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Vinca Collection

Vinca 'Wojos Gem ', Vinca minor 'Atropurpurea', Vinca minor 'Ralph Shugart', Greater Periwinkle, Lesser Periwinkle

Pretty, evergreen groundcover plants with wiry stems of dense foliage and star-shaped flowers throughout spring and summer. This wonderful Periwinkle Collection includes three popular varieties in a mixture of vibrant colours. Perfect for brightening up a sunny or shady spot in the garden, grow periwinkles on steep banks, in woodland gardens and borders, or let them creep around the base of shrubs. Tolerant of even clay soils, these tough, hardy perennials are an excellent choice for low-maintenance gardens. Supplied in 9cm pots.


  • Collection comprises:
  • Vinca 'Wojos Gem ' – variegated foliage edged in cream topped with violet-blue flowers. Height: 20cm (8"). Spread: 75cm (30").
  • Vinca minor 'Atropurpurea' – A low-growing, creeping periwinkle with lush green leaves and rich purple flowers. An RHS AGM variety. Height: 20cm (8"). Spread: 75cm (30").
  • Vinca minor 'Ralph Shugert' – variegated leaves with dainty yellow margins make an attractive background for the large violet blooms. An RHS AGM variety. Height: 20cm (8"). Spread: 60cm (24").
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    • 3 periwinkle plants in 9cm pots - 1 of each variety

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Delosperma 'Wheels of Wonder'

Standard ice plants make excellent ground cover, providing low-maintenance and continuous flower power. But if you find the blooms a little small, then 'Wheels of Wonder Series' is for you. A marked improvement, this new strain has flowers twice the size and it boasts some super colour combinations too. Plants are hardy, and great for dry, sunny banks and edging! More info
    • 5 delosperma plug plants

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    • £14.99
    • 10 delosperma plug plants

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    • 20 delosperma plug plants

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Hardy Geranium 'Foundlings Friend'

Hardy Geranium

This easy-to-grow hardy geranium features violet-blue petals that are delicately patterned with deep-purple veining, ideal for bees and butterflies. This robust, compact variety will thrive in sunny borders, coping with periods of drought once established. Ht. 30cm. More info
    • 1 geranium plug plant

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    • 3 geranium plug plants

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Geranium 'Hardy Blues'

Cranesbill, Hardy Geranium

Low mounds of foliage produce a profusion of flowers throughout summer from this colourful mix of cottage garden favourites. The cup shaped flowers range from solid white to solid blue, with an infinite combination of splashes of colour in between. This marvellous mix of perennial geraniums will grow almost anywhere. Perfect for groundcover or filling gaps in borders. Comprises varieties in three different colours - blue, white and blue/white bi-colour. Height and spread: 45cm (18"). Supplied as bare root plants.
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    • 3 bare root geranium plants - 1 of each variety

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Brunnera 'Alexanders Great'

You can really make a statement with the silver veined foliage of Brunnera 'Alexanders Great' - they shout 'look at me' for all the right reasons. This particularly large leaved variety is wonderfully dramatic. It makes superb spreading ground cover, or why not grow it in a prominent container on your patio? The sky blue flowers appear in early spring complementing the foliage for a beautiful display. Height 40cm (15") Spread: 90cm (36"). Supplied as plug plants.
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    • 2 brunnera plug plants

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    • £11.99
    • 4 brunnera plug plants

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Erigeron 'Stallone' (Garden Ready)

Erigeron 'Stallone' produces lovely two-toned flowers that open white and slowly turn to pink and purple as they age. These hardy ground cover perennials are excellent for combatting weeds in your borders. These healthy 'garden-ready' plants are ideal for rockeries, gravel gardens and borders. Height: 30cm (12"). Spread: 100cm (39").

If you’ve fallen behind with your planting or if greenhouse space is limited, we can help you catch up with our garden-ready plug plants. These sturdy plants are larger than other plugs so they can be planted straight out in the garden provided that there are no forecasts of frost.

 

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    • 15 garden ready erigeron plug plants

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Iberis sempervirens (Large Plant)

Iberis, Candytuft, Iberis commutata

Masses of scented white flowers are the head turning feature of this RHS AGM Candytuft variety, Iberis Sempervirens. It's an evergreen hardy perennial that will feel at home in poor soils in rockeries, on the tops of walls or the front of borders and is a reliable ground cover plant. Candytuft is attractive to pollinating insects too. Height 30cm (12"). Spread 50cm (20").

Culinary information: Both the leaves and flowers of candytuft can be eaten raw and have a taste similar to that of a sweet broccoli. For more details about edible flowers click here.

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    • 1 iberis plant in 1 litre pot

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    • 2 iberis plants in 1 litre pots

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Hardy Ice Plant

Delosperma

  • Excellent ground cover
  • Interesting new colours
  • Drought tolerant
The fleshy creeping stems of these hardy Ice Plants make ideal ground cover on sunny banks and poor stony soils. The showy daisy-like flowers of Delosperma create a carpet of intense colour, in exclusive new shades that will stop you in your tracks. This vibrant collection of drought tolerant Ice Plants is perfect for hot, dry areas where many other plants would fail to establish. Height: 10cm (4"). Spread: 60cm (24").
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    • 5 delosperma plug plants

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    • 10 delosperma plug plants

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    • 20 delosperma plug plants

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Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow'

Euphorbia x martini, Spurge

This outstanding evergreen subshrub bears variegated foliage with cream edges, which takes on rich tones of red and purple during the cooler months of the year. Clusters of exotic-looking lime green flowers appear from spring through to early summer for added interest. With drought resistance and a compact habit, Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’ is perfect for the front of low-maintenance borders or containers on the patio. Try cutting a few blooms of Martin’s Spurge for a long-lasting flower arrangement indoors. Height and spread: 50cm (20"). Supplied as plug plants. More info
    • 1 euphorbia plug plant

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    • 3 euphorbia plug plants

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Hosta 'White Feather'

Plantain Lily

A very unusual variety! Emerging leaves appear almost totally white, slowly developing green streaks until the whole leaf turns green. Spikes of lavender flowers tower over the lush foliage from mid summer. Unlike other varieties, White Feather tolerates a sunny position making an attractive border or container plant. Also excellent as ground cover in woodland gardens or on the outskirts of ponds and boggy areas. Height and spread: 45cm (18"). Supplied as size one bareroot plants.

Culinary information: The best part to use is the hoston, the rolled up leaf as it emerges in the spring. Cooking depends on the size of the hostons, small ones can be fried for a few minutes, going well in stir fries. Thicker ones are better boiled and used as a vegetable. For more details about edible flowers click here.

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    • 4 bare root hosta plants

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