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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

 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.

Elephant's Food

Elephant's Food

Portulacaria afra

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

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.

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.

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.

Damianita Daisy

Damianita Daisy

Chysactiana mexicana

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

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'

Katie Ruellia grows very well in full to part sun and performs wonderfully in all landscapes.

Ice Plant

Ice Plant

Delosperma nubigenum

Ice plant is a popular low growing shrub or ground cover that can be used in many different landscape settings.

​Leatherleaf Fern

​Leatherleaf Fern

Rumohra adianitiformis

Leatherleaf Fern are delicate looking, yet durable evergreen plants with glossy dark green foliage that can carpet the landscape in deep green color!

Gold Mound Lantana

Gold Mound Lantana

Lantana camara ‘Gold Mound’

Fast-growing, heavy bloomer ideal for use as a bedding plant, in a mixed border or as a vibrant groundcover. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

Bush Morning Glory

Bush Morning Glory

Ipomoea carnea

A low mounding shrub with year-round green foliage and periodic blooms from spring to fall. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

Myoporum

Myoporum

Myoporum parvifolium

They are showy evergreen shrubs. In the summer, tiny white flowers appear, which are followed by purple fruits, creating a show of color that makes them suitable for all landscape styles!

Purple Lantana

Purple Lantana

Lantana sellowiana

Covers the ground quickly with a mass of beautiful lavender flowers from spring through fall. Great along streets, driveways and on slopes and embankments.

Lantana Radiation

Lantana Radiation

LANTANA camara 'Radiation'

Radiating with brilliant seasonal color. Bushy tropical evergreen shrub great as a low hedge or accent. Ideal for a border and rock gardens.

Lantana Irene

Lantana Irene

Lantana camara ‘Irene’

With minimal care, Lantana Irene can fill your landscape with vibrantly colored flower clusters that change colors as they age.

Lantana Confetti

Lantana Confetti

Lantana camara 'Confetti'

A burst of colorful blossoms with a mix of yellow, pink, and purple. Attracts butterflies. Easy to grow and ideal borders and mass planting.

Purple Trailing Verbena

Purple Trailing Verbena

Verbena X hybrida

Planting Purple Trailing Verbena in your landscape is an excellent way to fill any barren area with bright color. Hardy plant that stays very low.

Pink Trailing Verbena

Pink Trailing Verbena

Verbena x hybrida

This Verbena stays very low and is perfect for filling any barren area in your landscape with a unique carpet of pink color!

Ruellia Pink ‘Chi Chi’

Ruellia Pink ‘Chi Chi’

Ruellia brittoniana 'Chi Chi'

Can fill your landscape with a long blooming season of alluring soft pink petunia-like flowers. Great as a centerpiece in a mixed container or in a border.