Woolly Yarrow is a vigorous, low growing, evergreen ground cover forming tight clumps of charming, fuzzy grey-green leaves.Clusters of cheerful yellow blossoms pop up in late spring. Attracts bees and butterflies.
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.
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.
Amazingly tight, hard mats of silver-green triangular foliage are sprinkled with tiny white flowers in late spring. A fine and rarely available alpine from Spain. Exquisite rock garden plant, evergreen.
King’s Sandwort: The long grass-like leaves of this native sandwort are evergreen. In early spring they are decorated by an open spray of delicate white flowers. Tidy. Ideal for a rock garden or edging a pathway.
Mountain Sandwort is a classy little alpine or rock garden plant. It forms a low evergreen cushion of dark green leaves, bearing loads of large white flowers during the spring and early summer. Great for edging paths, between flagstones, in walls or rock gardens.
The tightly packed mat of gray-green leaves is so dense that it almost resembles a lichen. An excellent plant for rock gardens, Spanish Sandwort is also a great filler between pavers and flagstones. Evergreen.
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.
‘Flashing Lights’ Dianthus (Pink): This evergreen dianthus is not pink, but a deep, brilliant red. The mound of narrow, dark green, grassy leaves is attractive year-round. Great for low edging at the front edge of a bed or in a rock garden. Attracts butterflies.
‘Firewitch’ Dianthus (Pink) is a bouquet of electric magenta flowers with frilly edges over a mound of attractive gray-green foliage. Excellent rock garden plant, or use at the front of a border. Attracts butterflies.
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.
Coralbells has dramatic spikes of cream to white flowers rise from a base of scalped deep green leaves. Favors rock outcroppings; great in full sun or dry shade. Very long blooming in our Boise garden. Choice!
Sandwort-like white flowers over club-moss like foliage. Here is a low-growing woody perennial with small needle-like leaves and white flowers, It typically grows in rock crevices or on rocky soils, likes good drainage. Would benefit from afternoon shade.
Hopflower Oregano is an outstanding cascading ground cover. This ornamental oregano produces hundreds of small lantern-like flowers on wiry stems. Terrific for edging, cascading over walls or filling in between larger plants.
Davidson’s Penstemon is a choice landscape plant with a low, sprawling woody structure that allows it to function like a ground cover. If given some sun protection in winter it will be completely evergreen. Lavender tubular flowers show up in late spring. Likes well-drained soils.
Dwarf Shrubby Penstemon is a compact version of the native Shrubby Penstemon and quite similar to Davidson’s Penstemon. Gorgeous lavender flowers in late spring. Evergreen mounds are beautiful in winter. Charming!
Common name: Blue Mist Penstemon, Front Range Penstemon
Exposure: Sun / part shade
Height x Width: 8 in. x 8 in.
Native to: Mountain West
Blue Mist Penstemon or Front Range Penstemon is a dwarf penstemon, native to the plains and foothills of the Eastern Rockies, often growing in large colonies. In late spring, dainty spikes of lavender-blue flowers rise over evergreen rosettes Likes dry, well- drained soil and is well adapted to garden conditions.
Rock Soapwort is a vigorous, low creeping plant, useful for spilling down sunny slopes or over rock walls. Plants form a low mound of bright-green leaves, literally smothered by starry bright-pink flowers in late spring or early summer. Also useful as an edging in the sunny border, and worth considering in tubs or pots. Prune plants back hard immediately after blooming, to maintain a compact habit.
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.
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.
This cheerful little native wildflower produces dainty blue/purple flowers on grassy foliage. It prefers rich, moist soil in spring but tolerates summer dryness. Will gradually spread, creating a little ‘meadow’.