PlantList

Arctostaphylos x coloradoensis

Panchito Manzanita

This is a ground-hugging Manzanita useful as a low shrub or groundcover, reaching less than 1 foot high. It spreads wide, to 3 feet or more, and will drape nicely over ledges. Red berries follow the flowers in fall. A Plant Select plant. Definitely requires soil with good drainage. Canopy coverage: 7 square feet.

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Bergenia cordifolia

Heartleaf Bergenia

Heartleaf Bergenia is a slow-spreading, clumping perennial that does best in shady locations. The thick, leathery leaves are large, up to 10 inches long and 8 inches wide. Dark pink flowers are borne on sturdy stems 1 foot or more high above the leaves, which grow in a rosette form. Canopy coverage: 3 square feet.

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Calylophus hartwegii var. fendleri

Calylophus, Sundrops

Calylophus produces masses of large yellow flowers, blooming for a long period in spring. Excellent in rock gardens. Canopy coverage: 3 square feet.

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Cerastium tomentosum

Snow-in-Summer

This is a versatile but short-lived perennial groundcover. Grows 6 to 8 inches high and spreads rapidly to 2 feet or more. Silvery gray leaves serve as background for the profuse white flowers. Accepting of tough conditions, including dry, poor soils. Canopy coverage: 3 square feet.

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Chamaemelum nobile

Roman Chamomile

Use Roman Chamomile as a small area groundcover, edging or between stepping stones. Foliage is fragrant when crushed. Canopy coverage: 3 square feet.

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Clematis viticella

Italian Clematis

Italian Clematis is typically grown as a vine or less often as a rambling groundcover. It produces large, deep purple flowers with distinct, golden yellow stamens. Add mulch over the root area to keep roots cool and moist. Cut back plants in late winter to early spring for fresh growth in spring. Selection shown in photos is 'Etoile Violette'. Canopy coverage: 113 square feet.

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Cotoneaster adpressus

Creeping Cotoneaster

Creeping Cotoneaster works well as a low-maintenance bank cover. Birds flock to the red fruits that follow flowers in fall. Purple-hued fall color. Canopy coverage: 28 square feet.

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Cotoneaster apiculatus

Cranberry Cotoneaster

Grow Cranberry Cotoneaster as a shrub, mounding groundcover or bank cover. Leaves are small and round, dark green, turning deep red in fall. Reddish orange fruit that look similar to large cranberries appear in fall. Accepts most any soil, even poor soil, as long as it is well drained. Canopy coverage: 28 square feet.

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Cotoneaster dammeri

Bearberry Cotoneaster

Bearberry Cotoneaster is a reliable groundcover, remaining low to the ground while spreading wide. Orange-red berries adorn plants in late summer. Reddish bronze fall color. Popular selections are 'Coral Beauty' and 'Lowfast'. Canopy coverage: 79 square feet.

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Delosperma 'John Proffitt'

Table Mountain Ice Plant

Table Mountain Iceplant, 'John Proffitt', is surprisingly cold hardy. Flowers in bright, iridescent fuchsia blanket plants from summer to fall. They are low growing, hugging the ground a few inches high, ideal as small area groundcovers or in rock gardens. Canopy coverage: 3 square feet.

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Delosperma hybrids

Ice Plant

These hybrid iceplant are surprisingly cold hardy. Flowers in bright iridescent colors blanket plants in summer. They are low growing, hugging the ground just a few inches high, ideal as small area groundcovers or in rock gardens. Look for 'Psfave', light lavender flowers, (shown) and 'John Proffitt', described in this database. Canopy coverage: 3 square feet.

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Epilobium canum garrettii

Hummingbird Trumpet

Hummingbird Trumpet is a colorful, low-growing subshrub (small shrub) that can also serve as a groundcover. Ideal for a naturalistic garden. Strong blooming period comes on late in the season when color is not as common so it is more appreciated. 'Orange Carpet' is an improved selection. Canopy coverage: 13 square feet.

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Fragaria vesca

Runnerless Strawberry, Alpine Strawberry

This is not the strawberry to grow if you seek large, succulent fruit, but it does produce small, tasty fruit in summer nonetheless. Does not spread by runners but grows rapidly from seed. Canopy coverage: 1 square foot.

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Galium odoratum

Sweet Woodruff

Sweet Woodruff is a spreading, low-growing plant that works well in a shady spot as a groundcover or edging. The small, starlike flowers are fragrant. Canopy coverage: 1 square foot.

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Gazania linearis 'Colorado Gold'

Colorado Gold Gazania

This is a cold-hardy Gazania with a long bloom season, lasting from summer into fall. Reaches just a few inches high, it self-sows to spread. Large, yellow, daisylike flowers grow 2 to 3 inches across. Canopy coverage: 1 square foot.

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Genista tinctoria 'Royal Gold'

Royal Gold Woadwaxen

The cultivar 'Royal Gold' Woadwaxen can be grown as a compact, rounded shrub or groundcover. It puts on a color show in summer with a profusion of pea-shaped, golden yellow flowers. Accepts almost any soil, even poor soil, as long as it is well drained. Canopy coverage: 7 square feet.

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Helianthemum cultivars

Sun Rose

Sun Rose has multiple uses in the landscape: as a shrubby perennial, summer color plant and groundcover. Flowers come in many colors. Prune dead branches to renew in late winter to early spring. It is sometimes helpful to protect plants during winter in cold regions. Canopy coverage: 3 square feet.

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Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon'

Chameleon Plant

Chameleon Plant typically produces heart-shaped leaves adorned with multiple splashes of pink, red, yellow and cream. Plants spread by rhizomes and can be invasive, so plan controls accordingly. Canopy coverage: 3 square feet.

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Hypericum calycinum

Mounding St. John's Wort, Aaron's beard

Fast, aggressive growth makes St. John's Wort a worthy groundcover, even on slopes for erosion control. It roots rapidly by underground stems, so it can be invasive. Cut back dormant plants for renewed growth in spring. It often dies to the ground in cold-winter regions. Canopy coverage: 3 square feet.

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Iberis sempervirens

Evergreen Candytuft

Easy-to-grow perennial or groundcover. Flowers are profuse and pure white. Lower-growing, more compact selections are available, such as 'Snowflake' and 'Alexander's White'. Canopy coverage: 3 square feet.

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Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip'

Blue Chip Juniper

This is a mat-forming Juniper that literally hugs the ground. Plant 'Blue Chip' where it will have plenty of space to spread. Canopy coverage: 28 square feet.

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