Home landscapers find that planting a low-growing, flowering ground cover sometimes adds a finishing touch to garden areas. Flowering ground cover is easy to grow and requires little maintenance. Ground cover plants thrive in a variety of growing conditions, and many species of ground cover are perennials that grow back year after year. Flowering ground cover fills a wide range of gardening needs when planted in difficult or unusual growing spaces.
Lily of the Valley
The highly fragrant, bell-shaped, light pink or white blooms of the lily of the valley(Convallaria majalis) make it an attractive ground cover. Lily of the valley reaches a height of 6 to 9 inches and spreads 2 to 3 feet. Plants require moist, organic, well-drained soil and thrive when planted in partial sun to full shade. According to Colorado State University, the lily of the valley is deer- and rabbit-resistant. Lily of the valley blooms in the early spring and is best used in rock gardens and to fill in larger spaces in landscape designs.
The bright yellow flowers of the ground cover alyssum (Alyssum spp.) add a dash of color to any drab spot. They are ideal for using on slopes, dry hillsides, in rock gardens and as border plants. Alyssum thrive in coarse, well-drained soil and need at least 6 hours of full sun exposure each day. Alyssum plants reach a height of 2 to 3 inches and have a 12-to-14-inch spread. The leaves of the alyssum are gray and furry, and the highly fragrant flowers grow in trailing clusters.
The white flowers shaped like bishop's hats are a signature trait of the barrenwort (Epimedium grandiflorum). Barrenwort ground cover blooms in the early spring and reaches a height of 6 to 12 inches and spreads 9 to 12 inches. Although the barrenwort is often used as a ground cover, it's slow growth makes it a better choice for use in gardens or as an edging or border plant. Colorado State University reports that barrenwort is rabbit- and deer-resistant. Barrenwort thrives in partial to full shade and grows best when planted in moist, rich, organic soil.
The petite, star-shaped, fragrant flower of the sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum) is an ideal way to fill the shady corners of your garden. Sweet woodruff plants reach heights between 8 and 12 inches and have a spread of 8 to 12 inches. Sweet woodruff grows in rich, moist, well-drained organic soil and requires partial to full shade to thrive. Plant sweet woodruff in rock gardens, with other flowers and bulbs or under shrubs. Sweet woodruff is an aggressive grower and is sometimes invasive if left unattended. Trim plants regularly to keep them in their place.