Using ground covers in your garden can be done by using plants that spread across the garden floor like a carpet or by using materials to cover the soil in an artistic way. You can find ground cover ideas from sites like Gurney's Seed & Nursery and Spring Hill. Below are some suggestions on how to use live plants for ground cover in your garden:


The bright green plants will hug to the ground and spread like a carpet. These will spill over the edge of the garden to create a waterfall effect and offer color with their small flowers.

Salvia Bees Bliss

These work great in larger gardens or even in your yard where there are bare spots. The tall flowering purple plants offer a variation to your landscape and help to discourage the growth of weeds. These grow well in most climates and can do well in full sun or in partial shade.

Dwarf Plumbago

These will offer a low covering that gives a grass-like effect. The colorful plants have small flowers that are available in a variety of colors. They grow in clumps and can be planted in areas where there are bare spots, for added effect to your garden.


Many people use mulch to cover their gardens soil; this can create a beautiful effect and the mulch can be found in a variety of materials, colors and textures. If you don't want an overcrowded garden, but want the soil to be hidden and the risk for weeds to be decreased, mulch is the perfect solution. Mulch usually will need to be replenished each year; it gets dissolved into the soil over time. You can purchase more and just place it on top of what is remaining from the previous year, until the covering is sufficient again.

Choosing the Right Ground Cover

There are hundreds, possibly thousands of different plants that can be used for ground covers in your garden. You just need to ensure that you understand what each plant needs to grow and how it will grow before planting it in your landscaped area. Some ground covers are meant to take over and spread throughout; others will grow in a more confined area and spread over time. If you don't want your plants to be destroyed by a ground cover, ensure that the ground cover you choose to plant is maintained and trained, if necessary, to grow where you want it to and not where you don't.

Different climates offer different plants that are available to plant and you can look online at nurseries to get a better idea of what is available to you. There are climate charts that show you when it is a good time to plant and all the information about the plant is available. Be sure that you understand if the plant needs full sun, partial shade or full shade before planting to ensure the best results.