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Ground Cover.

For a quick way to fill space, or if you need to have a bank that needs support you should think of ground cover plants. The green carpet of foliage under trees and shrubs, the weed suppressing qualities; whatever the reason ground cover plants comes in all shapes and sizes.

It is really important when planting ground cover to ensure that you are aware of the final size of the plant. How tall and wide the planting will become has to be visualised at the time that you see the small specimen in the garden centre pot.

The following list may be of some help to you, but again remember to check the final dimensions. Ajuga (Bugle), low growing Cotoneaster, low growing Euphorbia, perennial Geraniums, Nepeta (Catmint), ground cover Roses, Saxifraga umbrosa (London Pride), the periwinkle Vinca Major and Minor but these can be a but invasive, and (a personal favourite) low growing Campanula carpatica.

Also try:-

Ajuga reptans 'Atropurpurea' (Carpet Bugle)

Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' (Carpet Bugle)

Alchemilla mollis (Lady's Mantle)

Asarum europaeum (European Wild Ginger)

Campanula glomerata (Clustered Bellflower)

Campanula poscharskyana (Cup and Saucer)

Cerastium tomentosum (Snow in Summer)

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (Dwarf Plumbago)

Chrysanthemum pacificum (Gold and Silver Chrysanthemum)

Cotoneaster apiculatus (Cranberry Cotoneaster)

Deutzia gracilis 'Nikko' (Dwarf Deutzia)

Gazania rigens (Treasure Flower)

Gelsemium sempervirens (Carolina Jessamine)

Gypsophila repens 'Rosea' (Pink Creeping Baby's Breath)

Helianthemum (Sun Rose)

Hosta x 'Royal Standard' (Plantain Lily)

Hosta crispula (Plantain Lily)

Hypericum calycinum (St. John's Wort)

Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese Spurge)

Phlox divaricata (Wild Sweet William)

Rosa 'Sea Foam' (Landscape Roses)

Rosa 'The Fairy' (Landscape Roses)

Sedum spurium 'Dragon's Blood' (Stonecrop)

Verbena canadensis 'Homestead Purple' (Creeping Vervain)

Vinca major (Large Periwinkle)

Vinca minor (Dwarf Periwinkle)

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Low-growing ground covers

Many of these ground huggers can withstand light foot traffic. In other words, you can walk on them periodically, and they're ideal for planting around stepping stones or in the narrow planting strip between the sidewalk and street. All the following plants are evergreen, meaning they have leaves all year. (Deciduous plants lose their leaves in the fall.)

* Wooly yarrow (Achillea tomentosa): This tough, hardy ground cover reaches to about 6 to 9 inches high and can take foot traffic. In the summer, yellow flowers complement the ferny, gray-green foliage. The leaves are also aromatic, a fragrant bonus when you walk on it (that is, if you like the smell).

* Carpet bugle (Ajuga reptans): Carpet bugle grows 2 to 6 inches high with handsome, deep green or purplish leaves. This hardy plant sports blue flowers that grow on spikes in spring and early summer.

* Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile): This plant's fine-textured, aromatic foliage reaches about 6 inches high. Chamomile has yellow flowers (herbal tea is made from the dried flowers) and can withstand light traffic. The ground cover is hardy to about 0 degrees F.

* English ivy (Hedera helix): This widely adapted, sprawling foliage plant sometimes has variegated leaves. Generally, this hardy plant grows 12 to 18 inches high and can climb.

* Aaron's Beard, St. John's Wort (Hypericum calycinum): Sunny yellow flowers highlight this hardy plant, which grows 12 inches high.

* Iceplant (Lampranthus):This large group of low-growing succulents has bright flowers. Most of these drought-tolerant plants are not very hardy and are best adapted to mild-winter climates.

* Mondo grass or lily turf (Liriope or Ophiopogon): Grassy leaves and summer flowers identify these two similar, hardy plants. They also thrive in shade.

* Japanese spurge (Pachysandra terminalis): This attractive foliage plant is ideal for shady, moist situations. Japanese spurge grows to about 10 inches high and is hardy.

* Spring cinquefoil (Potentilla tabernaemontana): Spring cinquefoil has neatly lobed leaves and yellow flowers and grows 3 to 6 inches high. This hardy plant can withstand foot traffic.

* Creeping thyme (Thymus praecox): A spreading herb with aromatic foliage and white to pink flowers, this plant grows 3 to 6 inches high. Creeping thyme is hardy and can withstand traffic.

* Dwarf periwinkle (Vinca minor): This ground cover displays dark green leaves and violet blue flowers. Growing 6 to 12 inches high, dwarf periwinkles thrive in shade and are hardy.

Shrubby ground covers

Shrubby ground covers include plants that are shrubbier and usually taller than the ones described in the preceding section. Unless otherwise mentioned, all are very hardy.

* Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi): This hardy evergreen shrub grows to about 12 inches high and sports small white flowers and red berries. Kinnikinnick is also drought-resistant.

* Barberries (Berberis): Barberries are available in many low-growing varieties, some with purplish-green leaves. The plant is deciduous with bright red fall color and red berries. It's also pretty thorny, good for planting under windows to deter burglars.

* Cotoneasters (Cotoneaster): This large group of deciduous and evergreen plants includes many excellent ground covers. Cotoneasters boast white flowers and red berries. Some deciduous ones have beautiful fall color.

* Winterberry (Euonymus fortunei): Winterberries are very hardy evergreen plants that come in many fine ground cover forms. Some have very attractive, colored foliage.

* Junipers (Juniperus): These excellent, hardy plants have needlelike foliage. The tough and versatile juniper comes in evergreen's many heights and some interesting foliage colors.

* Star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides): The sprawling, vining evergreen plant has shiny foliage and fragrant flowers. This plant does best in mild-winter climates. Star jasmine is hardy to only 10 degrees F.

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Ground Covers by Scientific Name

Abelia x grandiflora 'Prostrata', Prostrate abelia

Achillea tomentosa, Wooly yarrow

Acorus calomus, Sweetflag; Sweetgrass

Acorus gramineus, Japanese sweetflag

Aegopodium podograria, Bishops' weed

Ajuga pyramidalis, Pyramidal ajuga

Ajuga reptans, Ajuga

Antennaria dioica, Pussytoes

Arcrostaphy los uva-uisi, Bearberry

Ardisia japonica, Japanese ardisia; Maleberry

Armeria martima, Common thrift; Sea pink; Maritime thrift

Asarum canadense, Wild ginger; Canadian wild ginger

Asarum splendens, Chinese wild ginger

Asarum virginicum, Virginia wild ginger; Southern wild ginger; Heartleaf ginger

Aspidistra elatior, Cast iron plant

Baptisia alba, False indigo; White indigo

Bletilla striata, Chinese ground orchid

Carex elata (Carex stricta), Tufted sedge

Carex morrowii, Japanese sedge; Morrow's sedge

Carex phyllocephala, Palm sedge; Tenjiku sedge

Carex plantaginea, Plaintain-leaved sedge

Cerastium tomentosum, Snow-in-summer

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, Leadwort; Dwarf plumbago

Chrysogonum virginianum, Green and gold

Cotoneaster adpressus, Creeping cotoneaster

Cotoneaster apiculatus, Cranberry cotoneaster

Cotoneaster conspicuus, Wintergreen cotoneaster

Cotoneaster dammeri, Bearberry cotoneaster

Cotoneaster horizontalis, Rockspray cotoneaster

Cotoneaster salicifolius, Willowleaf cotoneaster

Delosperma cooperi, Cooper's hardy ice plant

Delosperma nubigena, Hardy ice plant; Cloud-loving hardy ice plant

Delosperma sutherlandii, --

Dendranthema pacificum, Gold and silver chrysanthemum

Dianthus plumarius, Pinks; Dianthus

Epigaea repens, Trailing arbutus

Epimedium sempervirens, Bishop's hat

Epimedium spp., Epimedium

Epimedium x perralchicum, Yellow epimedium

Epimedium x rubrum, Red epimedium; Red barrenwort

Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum', Bicolor epimedium; Bicolor barrenwort

Epimedium x youngianum 'Niveum', White epimedium

Euonymus fortunei, Wintercreeper euonymus; Japanese euonymus

Euphorbia myrsinites, Myrtle euphorbia

Euphorbia polychroma, Cushion spurge; Cushion euphorbia

Euphorbia robbiae, Robb's euphorbia

Fatshedera lizei, Fatshedera

Festuca ovina var. glauca, Blue fescue

Fragaria 'Pink Panda', Pink Panda strawberry

Fragaria 'Red Ruby', Red Ruby strawberry

Fragaria ananassa, Strawberry

Gardenia jasminoides 'Radicans', Creeping gardenia

Gaultheria procumbens, Spreading wintergreen; Teaberry; Common wintergreen

Gelsemium sempervirens, Carolina jasmine

Genista lydia, Lydia broom

Genista tinctoria, Common woadwaxen; Dyer's greenwood

Geranium sanguineum, Cranesbill geranium

Hedera canariensis, Algerian ivy; Coney Island ivy

Hedera colchica, Colchis ivy; Persian ivy

Hedera helix, English ivy

Helictotrichon sempervirens, Blue oats grass

Helleborus orientalis, Lenten rose; Helleborus; Christmas rose

Hemerocallis hybrida, Daylily

Hosta spp., Hosta

Houttuynia cordata, Chameleon plant

Hylotelephium sieboldii, Japanese stonecrop

Hypericum calycinum, St. John's wort; Aaron's beard

Iberis sempervirens, Evergreen candytuft

Imperarata cylindrica ruba, Japanese blood grass

Iris tectorum, Roof iris; Wall iris

Juniperus chinensis 'Parsonii', Parson's juniper

Juniperus chinensis 'San Jose', San Jose juniper

Juniperus chinensis 'Sargentii', Sargent juniper

Juniperus conferta, Shore juniper

Juniperus conferta 'Blue Pacific', Blue Pacific juniper

Juniperus horizontalis 'Andorra', Andorra juniper

Juniperus horizontalis 'Bar Harbor', Bar Harbor juniper

Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip', Blue Chip juniper

Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Rug', Blue Rug juniper

Juniperus horizontalis 'Plumosa Compacta', Plumosa Compacta juniper

Juniperus procumbens, Japanese juniper

Lamium galeobdolon, Golden dead nettle; Yellow archangel

Lamium maculatum, Lamium; Dead nettle; Spotted dead nettle

Laurentia fluviatilis, Laurentia

Liriope exiliflora 'Silver Sunproof', Silver Sunproof liriope

Liriope muscaria, Liriope

Liriope spicata, Creeping liriope

Lonicera sempervirens, Trumpet honeysuckle

Mahonia repens, Creeping mahonia

Microbiota decussata, Cypress; Siberian cypress; Russian arborvitae

Minuartia verna spp. caespitosa, Moss sandwort

Nepeta x faasenii, Faasen's catmint; Blue catmint

Ophiopogon jaburan vittata, Snakebeard; White lilyturf

Ophiopogon japonicus, Mondo grass

Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana', Dwarf mondo grass

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Arabicus', Black mondo grass

Pachysandra terminalis, Pachysandra

Paronychia kapela, Nailwort

Pennisetum alopecuroides, Fountain grass

Phalaris arundarinacea, Ribbon grass

Phlox stolonifera, Creeping phlox

Phlox subulata, Thrift; Moss pink

Pilosella officinarum, Mouse-ear hawkweed

Polygonatum humile, Dwarf Solomon's seal

Potentilla fruticosa, Shrubby potentilla; Shrubby cinquefoil

Rhododendron eriocarpum, Dwarf Indica (Gumpo) azalea

Rosa wichuraiana, Memorial rose

Rosa x 'Petite Pink', Petite Pink Scotch rose

Rubus calcyinoiden, Creeping bramble; Taiwanese creeping rubus

Santolina chamaecyparissus, Lavender cotton; Santolina

Santolina virens, Green santolina

Saponaria ocymoides, Rock soapwort

Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis, Sarcococca; Sweetbox

Saxifraga stolonifera, Strawberry begonia

Sedum spp., Sedum; Stonecrop

Sedum 'Matrona', Matrona stonecrop

Sedum acre, Gold-moss; Stonecrop

Sedum album, White stonecrop

Sedum cauticola, --

Sedum kamtschaticum, Kamschatka sedum

Sedum kamtschaticum var. floriferum 'Weihenstepharis Gold', Gold sedum

Sedum lineare 'Variegatum', Variegated stonecrop

Sedum makinoi, --

Sedum middendorf, Stonecrop

Sedum sieboldii, October daphne

Sedum spectabile, Showy stonecrop; Ice plant

Sedum spurium, Two-row stonecrop; Creeping stonecrop

Sedum spurium 'John Creech', John Creech sedum

Sedum ternatum, Three-leaved stonecrop; Mountain stonecrop

Sedum tetractinum, Chinese sedum

Selaginella uncinata, Peacock moss

Sesleria caerulea, Blue moor grass

Setcreasea pallida 'Purple Heart', Purple heart; Wandering Jew

Stachys byzantina, Lamb's ear

Teucrium chamaedrys, Germander

Thymus herba-barona, Caraway thyme

Thymus leucotrichus, Juniper thyme

Thymus praecox, Creeping thyme; Mother of thyme

Thymus serpyllum, Creeping thyme; Mother of thyme

Thymus vulgaris, Garden thyme; Common thyme

Tiarella cordifolia, Foamflower

Trachelospermum asiaticum, Asiatic jasmine

Vaccinium crassifolium, Creeping blueberry

Verbena canadensis; V. tenera; V. hybrids, Clump verbena; Rose verbena

Verbena rigida, Sandpaper verbena; Purple verbena

Verbena tenuisecta, Moss verbena

Veronica peduncularis, V. officinalis, Veronica

Vinca major, Big leaf periwinkle

Vinca minor, Periwinkle; Dwarf periwinkle

Waldsteinia ternata, Yellow strawberry; Dry strawberry

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100 Ground Cover Plants

* Adriatic Bellflower (Campanula elatines var. garganica)

* Allegany Pachysandra (Pachysandra procumbens)

* Allegany Spurge

* Alpine Epimedium (Epimedium alpinum)

* Alpine Rockcress (Arabis alpina)

* Andorra Creeping Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis 'Plumosa')

* Angel's-eye

* Arcadia Savin Juniper (Juniperus sabina 'Arcadia')

* Arnold Dwarf Forsythia (Forsythia 'Arnold Dwarf')

* Ashweed

* Assumption Lily

* August Lily

* Baby Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei 'Minima')

* Baby's Slippers

* Bacon and Eggs

* Bar Harbor Creeping Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis 'Bar Harbor')

* Barren Myrtle

* Barren Strawberry (Waldsteinia fragariodes and Waldsteinia ternata)

* Barrenwort

* Bear's Grape

* Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

* Bearberry Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster dammeri)

* Bethlehem Sage

* Big Blue Lilyturf

* Bigleaf Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei var. vegeta)

* Bilberry

* Bird's-eye

* Birdsfoot Deervetch

* Birdsfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

* Bishop's Hat

* Bishop's Weed

* Bloodred Geranium (Geranium sanguineum)

* Bloody Cranesbill

* Blue Cowslip (Pulmonaria angustifolia)

* Blue Fescue (Festuca ovina var. glauca)

* Blue Leadwort

* Blue Oat Grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens)

* Blue Plantain-Lily (Hosta ventricosa)

* Blue Rug Creeping Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis 'Wiltonii')

* Blue Wilton Creeping Juniper

* Blue-Leaved Plantain-Lily

* Blunt Plantain-Lily (Hosta decorata)

* Broadmoor Savin Juniper (Juniperus sabina 'Broadmoor')

* Bronx Greenstem Forsythia (Forsythia viridissima 'Bronxensis')

* Brown Daylily

* Buckbrush

* Bugle

* Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans)

* Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

* Bunchberry Dogwood

* Butter Daisy

* Canada Snakeroot

* Canadian Juniper (Juniperus communis var. depressa)

* Canby Pachistima

* Canby Paxistima (Paxistima canbyi)

* Canby's Pachistima

* Canby's Paxistima

* Carpet Bugle

* Cascade Mahonia (Mahonia nervosa)

* Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii)

* Caucasus Geranium

* Chamaedrys Germander

* Chenault Coralberry (Symphoricarpos x chenaultii)

* Chinese Leadwort

* Cliff-Green

* Clump Verbena

* Cobweb Houseleek (Sempervivum arachnoideum)

* Common Houseleek (Sempervivum tectorum)

* Common Lady's-Mantle

* Common Periwinkle (Vinca minor)

* Common Speedwell (Veronica officinalis)

* Common Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei var. radicans)

* Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

* Compact Andorra Creeping Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis 'Plumosa Compacta')

* Coralberry

* Corn Daylily

* Corsican Pearlwort (Sagina subulata)

* Crackerberry

* Cranesbill

* creashak

* Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens)

* Creeping Charlie

* Creeping Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster adpressus)

* Creeping Crowfoot

* Creeping Dogwood

* Creeping Jenny

* Creeping Lilyturf

* Creeping Mahonia (Mahonia repens)

* Creeping Myrtle

* Creeping Phlox (Phlox stolonifera)

* Creeping Phlox

* Creeping Sedum

* Creeping Speedwell (Veronica repens)

* Creeping Thyme (Thymus serpyllum)

* Creeping Vervain

* Creeping Willow (Salix repens)

* Crisped Stephanandra

* Crownvetch (Coronilla varia)

* Custard Lily

* Dalmatian Bellflower

* Daylily (Hemerocallis species)

* deciduous

* Dropwort (Filipendula vulgaris)

* Drug Speedwell

* Dry Strawberry

* Dwarf Alps Honeysuckle (Lonicera alpigenan 'Nana')

* Dwarf Anchusa

* Dwarf Arctic Willow (Salix purpurea 'Nana')

* Dwarf Bloodred Geranium (Geranium sanguineum var. prostratum)

* Dwarf Blue-leaved Arctic Willow

* Dwarf Cornel

* Dwarf Corneliancherry Dogwood (Cornus mas 'Nana')

* Dwarf Cutleaf Stephanandra (Stephanandra incisa 'Crispa')

* Dwarf Fleeceflower

* Dwarf Gray Willow (Salix tristis)

* Dwarf Japgarden Juniper (Juniperus chinensis var. procumbens 'Nana')

* Dwarf lace Plant

* Dwarf Periwinkle

* Dwarf Polygonum

* Dwarf Prairie Willow

* Dwarf Purple Osier Willow

* Dwarf Pussy Willow

* Early Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster adpressus var. praecox)

* Edging Candytuft

* Endres Cranesbill (Geranium endressii)

* English Ivy (Hedera helix)

* Epimedium (Epimedium species)

* European Evergreen Ginger (Asarum europaeum)

* Evergreen Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)

* evergreen

* Everlasting pea

* False Strawberry

* Fishbone Cotoneaster

* Flowering Moss

* Fortune's Plantain-Lily (Hosta fortunei)

* Fragrant Plantain-Lily (Hosta plantaginea)

* Fulvous Daylily

* Funkia

* Gardener's Garters

* Geranium (Geranium species)

* Germander (Teucrium chamaedrys)

* Germander Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys)

* Gold-Dust

* Golden Carpet

* Golden Dead Nettle

* Golden Moss

* Golden Moss Sandwort (Arenaria verna 'Aurea')

* Goldmoss Sedum (Sedum acre)

* Goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria)

* Gray Cranesbill (Geranium cinereum)

* Gro-Low Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatic 'Gro-Low')

* Ground Ash

* Ground Broom (Cytisus procumbens)

* Ground Elder

* Ground Honeysuckle

* Ground Pink

* Gypsyweed

* Hall's Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica 'Halliana')

* Hancock Chenault Coralberry (Symphoricarpos x chenaultii 'Hancock')

* Hardy Forget-me-not (Brunnera macrophylla)

* hardy plants

* Harebell Speedwell

* Heartleaf Brunnera

* Hen-and-Chickens

* Henry Honeysuckle (Lonicera henryi)

* Herb Gerard

* Herbaceous Ground Covers

* herbaceous

* Herringbone cotoneaster

* Hexagon Stonecrop (Sedum sexangulare)

* Himalayan Fleeceflower (Polygonum affine)

* Hog Cranberry

* Homestead lily

* Hosta (Hosta species)

* Houseleek (Sempervivum species)

* Hybrid Daylilies (Hemerocallis hybrids)

* Iberian Cranesbill (Geranium ibericum)

* Ice Plant

* Indian Currant

* Indian Strawberry

* Indiancurrant Coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus)

* Irish Moss

* Japanese Knotweed

* Japanese Pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis)

* Japanese Pachysandra

* Japanese Plantain-Lily

* Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra terminalis)

* Japgarden Juniper (Juiniperus chinensis var. procumbens)

* Jenny Stonecrop (Sedum reflexum)

* Jerusalem Cowslip (Pulmonaria officinalis)

* Jerusalem Sage

* Kamchatka Sedum (Sedum kamtschaticum)

* Kelsey Red-Oiser Dogwood (Cornus sericea 'Kelseyi')

* Kew Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei 'Kewensis')

* Kinnikinick

* Lady's-Mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris)

* Leadwort (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)

* Lemon Daylily (Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus)

* Lemon Lily

* Lesser Periwinkle

* Lilac Cranesbill (Geranium himalayense)

* Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria majalis)

* Lilyturf (Liriope spicata)

* Liriope

* Live-Forever

* Long-spur Epimedium (Epimedium grandiflorum)

* Longwood Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei 'Longwood')

* Love-Entangle

* Low Japanese Fleeceflower (Polygonum cuspidatum var. compactum)

* Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata)

* Lungwort

* Mauve Catmint

* Meadowsweet

* Mealberry

* Midland Vervain

* Milfoil

* Mock Strawberry (Duchesnea indica)

* Mondo Grass (Liriope muscari)

* Moneywort (Lysimachia nummularia)

* Moss Phlox

* Moss Pink (Phlox subulata)

* Moss Sandwort (Arenaria verna)

* Mossy Stonecrop

* Mother-of-Thyme

* Mottled Wild Ginger (Asarum shuttleworthii)

* Mountain Box

* Mountain Pachysandra

* Mountain Pink

* Mountain Spurge

* Mountain-Lover

* Myrtle

* Narrow-leaved Plantain-Lily (Hosta lancifolia)

* Old-Man-and-Woman

* Oldfield Juniper

* Orange Daylily

* Orange Stonecrop

* Orpine

* Pachistima

* Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens)

* Paxistima

* Perennial Candyturf

* Perennial Pea (Lathyrus latifolius)

* Perennial Pea Vine

* Persian Catmint

* Persian Epimedium (Epimedium pinnatum)

* Persian Ground-ivy

* Perwinkle

* Plantain-Lily

* Plumbago

* Plumed Cotoneaster

* Poscharsky Bellflower

* Potentilla verna (Potentilla tabernaemontani)

* Prairie Willow

* Prostrate Broom (Cytisus decumbens)

* Prostrate Juniper

* Prostrate Singleseed Juniper (Juniperus squamata 'Prostrata')

* Puddingberry

* Purpleleaf Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei 'Colorata')

* Quinceberry

* Rat-Stripper

* Red Alpine Epimedium

* Red Bearberry

* Red Epimedium (Epimedium x rubrum)

* Reynoutria Fleeceflower

* Ribbon Grass (Phalaris arundinacea var. picta)

* Rock Cotoneaster

* Rock Soapwort (Saponaria ocymoides)

* Rock Speedwell (Veronica Prostrata)

* Rockcress (Arabis caucasica)

* Rockspray Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster horizontalis)

* Rose Verbena (Verbena canadensis)

* Rose Vervain

* Running Myrtle

* Russian Barren Strawberry (Waldsteinia geoides)

* Sage Willow

* San Jose Chinese Juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'San Jose')

* Sandberry

* Sargent's Chinese Juniper (Juniperus chinensis var. sargentii)

* Sedum (Sedum species)

* Seersucker Plantain-Lily (Hosta sieboldii)

* Serbian Bellflower (Campanula poscharskyana)

* Shiny-leaf Ginger

* Shore Juniper (Juniperus conferta)

* Showy Stonecrop (Sedum spectabile)

* Siberain Bugloss

* Siberian Forget-me-not

* Siebold Plantain-Lily (Hosta sieboldiana)

* Silver Frosted Dead Nettle

* Silver Nettle Vine

* Silveredge Bishop's Weed

* Silveredge Goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum')

* Sitfast

* Skandia Savin Juniper (Juniperus sabina 'Skandia')

* Skogsholm Bearberry Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster dammeri 'Skogsholmen')

* Small Periwinkle

* Small-leaved Euonymus (Euonymus fortunei var. acuta)

* Snakeweed (Polygonum bistorta)

* Snow-in-Summer (Cerastium tomentosum)

* Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)

* Speedwell (Veronica species)

* Spiderweb Houseleek

* Spotted Dead Nettle (Lamium maculatum)

* Spring Cinquefoil

* Stonecrop

* Stringy Stonecrop (Sedum sarmentosum)

* Sweet Pea

* Sweet Woodroof

* Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum)

* Sweetfern (Comptonia peregrina)

* Tall Cluster Plantain-Lily

* Tamarisk Juniper (Juniperus sabina 'Tamariscifolia')

* Tawny Daylily (Hemerocallis fulva)

* Threetoothed Cinquefoil

* Trailing Phlox (Phlox nivalis)

* Trailing Phlox (Phlox x procumbens)

* Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

* Turkeyberry

* Two-row Stonecrop (Sedum spurium)

* Wall Cress

* Wall Rockcress

* Wallpepper

* Waukegan Creeping Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis 'Douglassii')

* Wavy-leaved Plantain-Lily (Hosta undulata)

* Waxberry

* White Stonecrop (Sedum album)

* Whiterim Plantain-Lily (Hosta crispula)

* Whiterim Plantain-Lily

* Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)

* Wilton Carpet Creeping Juniper

* Wilton's Creeping Juniper

* Wineleaf Cinquefoil (Potentilla tridentata)

* Woodruff

* Woody Ground Covers

* Woolly Speedwell (Veronica incana)

* Woolly Yarrow (Achillea tomentosa)

* Wooly-Mother-of-Thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosis)

* Worm-Grass

* Yellow Archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon 'Variegatum')

* Yellow Daylily

* Yellow Gowan

* Yellow Stonecrop

* Yellow Strawberry

* Yellownet Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica 'Aureo-reticulata')

* Yellowroot (Xanthorhiza simplicissima)

* Youngstown Compact Creeping Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis 'Plumosa Compacta Youngstownii')

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* Marigold
* Calendula
* Rhododendron

Favorite Gardening Quotes

"The tranquility of the garden is sanctuary for the soul."
- Sanford Williams

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--Beware of Snapdragons--

--Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade--
--My husband said if I buy any more perennials he would leave me...gosh, I'm going to miss that man!--