Benefits of Groundcover in the Landscape

Groundcover Plants

Learn some of the benefits of groundcover plants.

What is a groundcover plant and how do you know if they are the right choice for your landscape? By definition, a groundcover is any low growing, perennial plant that covers open soil and replaces either weeds or turf. A carefully selected perennial groundcover is an often overlooked, underappreciated landscape feature. Read on to learn more information about groundcover plants.


Groundcover plants can be an extremely valuable component of your landscape. Once established they serve as a low maintenance, living weed barrier. They are often evergreen, and therefore visible year round. In addition, they can provide some much-needed color to your overall landscape as many groundcover options also flower. Regardless of climate, soil type, sun exposure, or slope, there is a plant to fit your site conditions.


Selecting The Right Plant

Like any other plant installation, choosing the correct type for your property is the key to success. The first step is to identify the purpose you want them to serve whether it be erosion control, weed suppression, or even just aesthetic appeal. The next step is to make a responsible plant choice, as many of the most popular groundcovers are considered to be invasive species and will negatively impact the surrounding ecosystem. English ivy, non-native pachysandra and Japanese honeysuckle are all on the Delaware Department of Natural Resources list of invasive species. All of these are commonly found in home landscapes and are even sold in many nurseries. If you already have one of these in your garden, we can help you with the removal process.

Planting Groundcover Plants

Though groundcover plants won’t require much maintenance once established, they will require watering and care after planting. A professional landscape designer will help you select the type of plant (or plants) that best fit your needs and site. It is important that the correct spacing and quantity of plants be determined so that your groundcover will fill in before weeds have a chance to take over. Lastly, the timing of the project is also crucial to a successful installation and a landscape designer will ensure that all the components of the job come together seamlessly for a lush, beautiful result.

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