Ground cover plants grow low to the ground and multiply quickly. These types of plants typically grow thick and prevent weeds from emerging. Ground covers are used in areas grass will not grow or is not practical, on hills and slopes or as part of the landscaping design. Evergreen ground covers come in varieties that grow well in sunny, shady or partial sunny/shady areas. Select the appropriate type of evergreen ground cover for the area needed in both size and amount of sun required for best growing results.
Evergreen ground covers that thrive in areas of full sun (hot and dry) consist of varieties that grow well in sites less than 50 sq. ft. and ones ideal for the spots over 50 sq. ft. Use these types of ground cover plants in all sunny locations. The first group includes: rockcress (Arabis caucasica), pineleaf penstemon (Penstemon pinifolius), goldmoss sedum (Sedum acre), kamschatka sedum (Sedum kamschaticum), stonecrop sedum (Sedum spurium) and houseleek/hen and chicks (Sempervivum spp.). Evergreen ground cover plants for larger spaces include: purple ice plant (Delosperma cooperi), spreading juniper (Juniperus x. media) and creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontails).
Sun to Part Shade
Use specific evergreen ground cover plants for parts of your yard or landscaping that have both sun and shade throughout the day. These divide among small (under 50 sq. ft.) and large (over 50 sq. ft.) areas. These types of evergreen ground covers grow best in these conditions. The varieties that thrive in small sections include: sea pink (America maritime), candytuft (Iberis sempervirens), creeping phlox (Phlox subulata), lemon thyme (Thymus x citriodorus), woolly thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus) and barren strawberry (Waldsteninia fragariodes). Ground cover plants to choose for large sections include: common juniper (Jumiperus communis), blue star juniper (Juniperus squamata), Hall’s honeysuckle/Halliana (Lonicera japonica) and germander (teucruim chamaedrys).
Shade Loving Evergreen
These evergreen ground cover plants will thrive in shady sections of your landscaping, such as under trees, close to structures or beneath shrubs. Select the specific type to grow depending on the size of the area (small or large). Evergreen ground covers for small shaded sections include: mountain lover (Paxistima cambyi), running mat phlox (Phlox stolonifera) and pearlwort/Irish moss (Sagina subulata). Shade tolerant evergreen ground cover plants for large areas include: kinnikinick (Arctostaphylos uvaursi), purpleleaf wintercreeper/colorata (Euonymus fortunei), English ivy (Heder helix), creeping Oregon grape (Mahonia repens), Japanese spurge (Pachysandra terminalis) and periwinkle (vinca minor).