20 Beautiful Ground Cover Plants For Any Garden

by Sasha Ridley

    Dressing up your garden with beautiful cover plants? Look no further. Your garden is then a charming place for you to relax and your kids to play in. If you build a bench for it, you can take a nap or even sleep overnight in here. Some of these plants bloom gorgeously, making your garden a beloved destination of birds, butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects. It’s also worth mentioning that some of them are edible and medicinal. So good!


    In this post, we’re glad to share 20 beautiful ground cover plants for any garden. If you are looking for plants to spruce up or create stunning shade for your garden, these are right up your street. I fall in love with all of these plants but my garden just has enough space for some. As such, I pick out some that I love most and fit in my garden’s conditions, and grow them. You may try grow these plants in border or garden fence if you prefer. They will create a stunning look for it. Let’s get started!

    #1 Creeping Thyme

    Creeping Thyme shows off teeny purple or white flowers in late spring, which makes it a haven for pollinators. This perennial spreads rapidly, thrives in full sun, and grows in poor soil. It’s also tolerant to drought once established. Don’t forget snip off the leaves for cooking.

    #2 Lily of the Valley

    Lily of the Valley will add the elegance to your garden with its darling white bells dangling from strappy green leaves. This sweetly-scented perennial flower spreads easily, so you can grow it in well-groomed areas like along walkways or close to the house’s foundation. It loves full shade, but can handle some morning sun.

    #3 Sedum

    Low-growing varieties of sedum are easy to care, making them perfect choices for ground covers. They produce small flowers and colorful foliage, ranging from chartreuse to bronze. Sedum needs full sun to survive.

    #4 Lavender

    Lavender should never be ignored in this collection. When many are planted, they create a field of scented purple or blue flowers. If you have ever seen lavender fields, you will crave this. Lavender doesn’t like wet feet, and needs full sun to flourish.

    #5 Mondo Grass

    Mondo Grass is a popular glossy, strappy green in the southern states. It can survive anywhere, grows in little clumps, likes moist soil, and prefers full to part sun. A perfect ground cover plant, right?

    #6 Ferns

    You may plant ferns in group as a ground cover for your garden. It comes in an array of shapes, sizes, and colors. Fern prefers moist ground, drought-tolerant once established, and needs full shade.

    #7 Oregano

    You may never think of oregano as a ground cover, but this perennial herb forms dense clumps of scented foliage. With full sun, oregano will produce small flowers in summer, attracting plenty of pollinators. Of course, you can snip its leaves for cooking.

    #8 Dianthus

    This old-fashioned perennial bears a vanilla-like scent. It’s also sometimes called Pinks as the petals look like they’ve been trimmed with pinking shears. Dianthus comes in a range of heights, anywhere from low-growing to 2 feet tall. It prefers full sun to bloom best.

    #9 Thrift

    Thrift is lesser known than others in the list. It has attractive little mounds of grassy foliage, and teeny ball-shaped blooms that pop up in late spring to early summer.

    #10 Ajuga

    Ajuga produces glossy leaves in shades of deep green, bronze, and chocolate-brown. This makes it a great low-growing lawn alternative for almost any climate.

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