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Antennaria microphylla
  • Common name: Littleleaf Pussytoes
  • Zone: 2
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 2" and spreading
  • Native to: Idaho

Littleleaf or Rosy Pussytoes is a very low growing, tight groundcoverwith pinkish “pussytoe” blossoms in late spring. Spreads nicely around garden rocks and thrives in dry sunny areas with poor, well-drained soil. Retains grey-green leaves all winter.

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
  • Common name: Kinnick-kinnick
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 4" and sprawling
  • Native to: Idaho

Kinnick-kinnick is a glossy deep-green groundcover that does well under trees and shrubs in full sun or part shade. Small pinkish blooms are followed in fall by bird-friendly red berries. Leaves green or deep red in winter.

Aster ericoides
  • Common name: Snow Flurry Aster
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Central / Eastern US

Snow Flurry is a fall-blooming Aster that creates low-growing dense ground cover carpeted with tiny white flowers in September and October. A good strong grower and a totally new look and use for Asters! Makes an excellent container plant. Cut back in spring. Attracts native bees, honeybees and butterflies.

Aster oblongifolius
  • Common name: Aromatic Aster
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6" and spreading
  • Native to: Great Plains

Aromatic Aster behaves like a spreading groundcover until late fall, when it bursts into bloom with myriad pink flowers. It provides nectar and pollen for a variety of bees and butterflies.

Cerastium tomentosum
  • Common name: Snow-in-Summer
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 8 in. x 15 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Snow-in-Summer is a lovely evergreen groundcover, attractive even in winter. The fine silvery foliage is covered with masses of white blooms in late spring. No pruning necessary, but faded flowers may be sheared.

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
  • Common name: Plumbago
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun or Shade
  • Height x Width: 3" and spreading
  • Native to: W. China

Valuable as a shade-tolerant groundcover, Plumbago will also grow in full sun. Glossy deep green leaves and lovely blue flowers with striking red calyces make this a most attractive spreading groundcover. The plant vanishes in winter, but comes back reliably each spring.

Delosperma ‘Salmon’
  • Common name: Salmon Iceplant
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2" and spreading
  • Native to: South Africa

Low carpet of semi-evergreen foliage topped with shocking salmon-colored flowers in late spring. Wonderful addition to any rock garden.

Delosperma nubigenum
  • Common name: Hardy Iceplant
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1 in. x 24 in.
  • Native to: South Africa

Hardy Iceplant is a fast-growing, mat-forming succulent, lovely garden accent. Bright yellow daisy-like flowers appear in late- spring and last until fall. Bright-green knobby leaves turn bright red during the winter. Avoid overwatering and excessive winter moisture.

Ephedra minima
  • Common name: Dwarf Mormon Tea
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4 in. x 12 in.
  • Native to: Asia

This is the prostrate form of the native Mormon Tea shrub. Thin stems intertwine on the ground to gradually form a thick, sprawling, evergreen groundcover. In mid-summer dozens of bright red berry-like flowers appear, nestled down in the foliage. From Tibet, rare.

Marrubium rotundifolium
  • Common name: Creeping Horehound
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 1 in. x 18 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Creeping Horehound has showy, fuzzy leaves edged in silver, carefree ground cover with deep taproot. Especially recommended for shade or part shade areas. Evergreen.

Paronychia kapela
  • Common name: Silver Nailwort
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Spain

Silver Nailwort is native to the Pyrenees of southern Europe, Silver Nailwort is a tough-as-nails ground cover that very closely resembles Creeping Thyme. Blooming in late spring, the flowers are insignificant, but the white bracts light up the plant for several months. Turns copper in winter then re-greens in spring.

Sedum ‘Dragon’s Blood’
  • Common name: Dragon's Blood Sedum
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 2 in. x 18 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Dragon’s Blood Sedum is a deep red creeping groundcover contrasts nicely with green neighbors. Tough and tolerant of some shade.

Sedum grisebachii
  • Common name: Grisebach's Sedum
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2" and spreading
  • Native to: Mediterranean

This unusual sedum, with tiny leaves packed on short stems, has a bristly appearance and contrast nicely with other sedums. Great for rock gardens, edging, pathways. Evergreen.

Sedum hispanicum
  • Common name: Spanish Sedum
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 2 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Spanish Sedum is a charming sedum forms tight buns of blue-green foliage which turns beautiful shades of purple in cold weather. Terrific rock garden plant, or useful anywhere as a gradually spreading ground cover.

Sedum middendorffianum
  • Common name: Chinese Mountain Stonecrop
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Asia

Chinese Mountain Stonecrop is an attractive and unique stonecrop and features handsome, evergreen foliage topped by two-tone yellow and orange flowers. Exceptional!

Sedum rupestre
  • Common name: Rocky Stonecrop
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 2 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Europe

Rocky Stonecrop is an odd and charming sedum, resembling undersea creatures.Great for rock gardens, or simply filling in between larger plants in a landscape.

Sedum sp.
  • Common name: Green Mound Sedum
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun or Part Shade
  • Height x Width: 8" x 8"
  • Native to: Mediterranean

This compact mounding sedum is very useful in the landscape for small border areas and evergreen structure. Grown for foliage rather than flowers.

Sempervirens spp
  • Common name: Hens and Chicks
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun/Part shade
  • Height x Width: 1” - 3” and spreading
  • Native to: Mediterranean

There is a whole array of different little gems in the genus Sempervirens, meaning “Forever Living” or “Evergreen”. These Hens and Chicks come in different colors and range from tiny to fist-sized. They are wonderful fillers in rock gardens, perched in rock walls and edging pathways.

Tanacetum densum
  • Common name: Partridge Feather
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 6 in. x 12 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Partridge Feather is a low-growing, no-care tough, grey-green groundcover with lovely feather-shaped leaves. Good for sun or part shade, little water. Evergreen.

Teucrium prostratum
  • Common name: Creeping Germander
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 3 in. x 24 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Creeping Germander has dark evergreen leaves on small woody plant; makes excellent ground cover for sun or part-shade. Tiny lavender flowers mid-summer. Evergreen.

Thymus cv. “Lemon Frost”
  • Common name: Lemon Frost Thyme
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 2 in. x 18 in. (or more)
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Lemon Frost Thyme really lives up to its name. A rapid grower with wonderful lemon scent, it is perfect for covering large segments of ground. White bloom looks like frosting. Very evergreen.

Thymus cv. “Reiter’s”
  • Common name: Reiter's Thyme
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 3 in. x 18 in. (or more)
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Reiter’s Thyme has tight leaves spread quickly to conceal the ground and display brilliant dark pink spring flowers. Fast-growing, continually spreading easy ground cover. Attracts honey bees.

Thymus praecox arcticus cv. “Elfin”
  • Common name: Elfin Thyme
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1 in. x 6 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Elfin Thyme is a slowly spreading dwarf thyme, perfect for the rock garden. Small leaves tightly blanket the ground. Pink flowers in spring.

Thymus praecox arcticus cv. “Pink Chintz”
  • Common name: Pink Chintz Thyme
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Pink Chintz Thyme is a tight, fairly slow-growing groundcover. Pink flowers nestle with the foliage and do not need dead-heading

Thymus praecox arcticus cv. “Woolly”
  • Common name: Woolly Thyme
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 2 in. x 18 in. (or more)
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Woolly Thyme is a mostly non-flowering vigorous ground cover, suitable for thyme lawns. Grey-greens leaves acquire purple hues in winter. Easy and gorgeous!

Veronica pectinata
  • Common name: Wooly Veronica
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Eurasia

Wooly Veronica is a vigorous xeric ground-cover. Woolly evergreen foliage creates a handsome, dense gray-green carpet, covered in early spring with blue bell-like flowers. Does best in part shade, works well crawling under shrubs.