Plant Finder

Ground Covers

Ground covers, simply stated, serve to cover wide, low areas of your landscape. Sometimes serving as a substitute for grass, nearly all ground covers spread much wider than their height, creating a wide carpet of color. Ground covers definitely liven up bare areas between trees or shrubs.

Types of Ground Covers

Hearts and Flowers

Hearts and Flowers

Aptenia cordifolia

This succulent plant makes for great ground cover in many different landscapes. Commonly referred to as ‘Hearts and Flowers’ and Aptenia ‘Red Apple’ because of its apple red flowers and bright green leaves, the Aptenia cordifolia only grows to about 4” tall but makes a for a great splash of tropical color in your yard.

 Yellow Dot Wedelia

Yellow Dot Wedelia

Wedelia trilobata

Wedelia grows rapidly in well drained soil and re-roots from stems laying on the ground

Angelita Daisy

Angelita Daisy

Hymenoxis acaulis

Angelita daisies are low growing, pretty little accents with bright yellow daisy flowers in cycles throughout the warmer months.

Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Fern

Asparagus sprengeri

This vigorous valley favorite grows well in sun or shade and tolerates different soil and water conditions.

Boxwood Beauty

Boxwood Beauty

Carrissa macrocarpa 'Boxwood Beauty'

This low growing, very dense shrub displays shiny, dark green leaves and fragrant, white, star-shaped flowers from spring through the fall.

Lantana

Lantana

Lantana

Lantana are one of the most colorful plants used in warm climates.

Little John Bottlebrush

Little John Bottlebrush

Callistemon citrinus 'Little John'

The Callistemon citrinus, commonly known as ‘Little John’, is one of the most seen and identifiable shrubs in the Valley.

Silver Bush Morning Glory

Silver Bush Morning Glory

Convolvulus cneorum

Morning Glory produces soft, silver foliage on a low mounding shrub that looks beautiful on mounds, in rocky landscapes and near cactus as a contrast.

Elephant's Food

Elephant's Food

Portulacaria afra

Elephant food looks like Jade Plant with smaller more compact leaves.

Damianita Daisy

Damianita Daisy

Chysactiana mexicana

Bright daisy-like flowers adorn this small, compact shrub in spring and fall.

Green Carpet

Green Carpet

Carissa macrocarpa 'Green Carpet'

The dark green leaves of the Carissa macrocarpa make this an excellent ground cover for green yards and a beautiful contrast in desert landscapes.

Trailing Rosemary

Trailing Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'

Rosemary is a very hardy herbaceous shrub with many ornamental uses in all styles of landscaping.

Katie Ruellia

Katie Ruellia

Ruellia brittoniana 'Katie'

Baja Ruellia grows very well in full to part sun and performs wonderfully in desert landscapes.