Plants that spread throughout the ground as they grow are referred to as garden ground covers. These plants are your low-cost and low-maintenance solution to weed control and removal. With garden groundcovers, you will also not have to worry about keeping your yard, lawn, garden perpetually manicured.

Here are a few examples of what types of plants can best serve as garden groundcovers.

Grevillea

Also known as the “bronze rambler”, this type of groundcover produces slightly layered foliage and thus not as effective for minimizing weed growth. It can make your garden or lawn look exceptionally pretty though, with its bronze to red colours as well as being able to produce blooms that can last the entire year.

Gardenia

Not all types of gardenia can work as a groundcover though. More specifically, you need to look for gardenia augusta, which can only grow to a maximum height of .5meters and a width of no more than 1.5m. Moreover, it produces shiny green leaves as well as beautiful and scented white flowers.

Grassfire

Another type of grevillea, make sure you look for the “grassfire” variant, which was originally cultivated by Don Burke. It can reach a maximum width of 3m. It also has verdantly beautiful and dense foliage, making it effective against weeds the way the bronze rambler is not.

Shore Juniper

This species originated from Japan’s coastal regions, but that does not mean you cannot grow this elsewhere. As long as your area has the same climate zone with that

of Japan, then there should be no problems in growing it. Moreover, shore juniper is a very tough plant, one that can tolerate even the harshest pollution levels as well as the strongest sea winds. It will also thrive even in poor soil conditions.

Shore juniper has a maximum spread or width of two to three meters as well as a maximum height of 50 centimetres.

Lantana Montevidensis

Here is one thing that you will not have a hard time purchasing since it is endemic to certain regions in Australia. Keep in mind, however, that this species can be a weed itself in northern regions but acts like a ground cover plant when grown in the opposite region.

Besides being able to tolerate even the harshest growing conditions, lantana montevidensis is also a beautiful plant, one that can produces yellow-eyed flower heads with mauve-pink petals. With this species, you also get to enjoy a wider range of colours depending on the cultivar you have selected. The Lavender Swirl produces lavender and pastel pink flowers while the Alba produces completely white blooms.

If you want to enjoy a multi-coloured ground cover for your garden, you can try growing different cultivars of this plant. Since they all come from the same species, you will not have to worry about maintaining different types of growth and maintenance routines.

Trachelospermum Jasminoides

This is a type of jasmine that is more simply referred to as “tricolour”. It grows more slowly and at a smaller size compared to the regular variant of jasmine. It produces varied and mottled leaves and possibly pink or white blooms. This can be rather high maintenance but with the right growth conditions, this plant will give you a tricolour spread for your garden’s grounds indeed.

Convolvulus Mauritanius

Also known simply as the blue variant of convolvulus, this is a beginner-friendly groundcover plant that can grow even in the most difficult conditions. It is also able to cover even the most inaccessible parts of your property without being invasive. You will need to take special care when planting it in the first time, but once it has established its roots, it will only need minimal water and rely more on sunlight for nutrients.

Climate zones that are suitable for this species include mild to regular tropical, and semi to regular arid. Temperate and cool zones are also good.

Scaevola Pink Ribbon

Lastly, you have this particular groundcover species, which is best known for producing a spread of pink flowers with fan-shaped petals. When planting this species, just make sure that it is completely protected from frost.

Ground covers can be transferred from the nursery to the garden at any time of the year, but it is obviously easier to get them established with a minimum of effort if they are moved during the rainy season. However, this is not always practical and transplanting them during the dry months of the year usually calls only for some shading for the first couple of weeks after they are moved, thorough soaking immediately after planting and regular watering thereafter until the roots are established. Deciduous plants are usually planted out during winter when they are bare of leaves, but even these do not suffer when moved at other seasons, provided they are shaded and watered adequately until they are settled in.