Gardening Jargon – Ground Cover

A group of plants used to cover bare earth to give uniform appearance. They range from an inch or 4 feet  in height.  They can be woody or herbaceous; clumping or running; evergreen or deciduous.

Why Ground Covers ?

  • Helps in weed control
  • Prevent Soil erosion
  • Covers the soil, define the space in your garden


Full sun, drought tolerant ground covers

  • Baccharis
  • Dymondia
  • Hot Pink and yellow Ice Plant
  • Sedum
  • Thyme
  • Carissa macrocarpa ‘Green Carpet’


In my place (Zone 10), following ground covers are commonly seen along the road side and parks

Spring  –  Dymondia, Ice Plant, Sedum and Thyme

Summer –  Sedum , Succulents , Lantana

Fall – Will add soon

If you already using ground covers, Please share which plants are you using at your location.

Happy Gardening !