Ground covers or groundcovers (it's spelled both ways) are plants that form the mostly herbaceous layer beneath your trees, shrubs and perennials. They are generally ground-hugging and inhibit weeds, and erosion. They're trending in the plant world because everybody is tired of spreading mulch. Heads up: You still need to spread mulch, but you can skip the mounds and mounds of it, and consider groundcovers instead. They go a long way in helping reduce the amount of mulch needed. For more information on how much mulch, read here. For why more plants and less mulch is a good thing read here and here.

Click on each picture below for information on groundcovers. We'll be adding to this list during the season, so check back for updates. And remember, gardening is a process. You don't have to cover your new landscape in one year unless that fits the budget and the maintenance/watering schedule. If not, add a few new ones each year. 

(Note: Groundcovers for steep embankments over a large space will likely require larger plant material than listed below. Look for an upcoming blog post on steep bank groundcovers.)

Sun Groundcovers: Click on Picture for Information

Shade Groundcovers: click On Picture for Information

Written by Cinthia Milner, garden coach and blog writer.

B.B. Barns Garden Center serves all of Western North Carolina, upstate South Carolina and Tennessee.