ground covers
Ajuga Bugleweed

Ajuga species - Bugleweed

Moderate sun to shade, relatively fast grower, and semi-­evergreen. Moderate foot traffic. Color of foliage ranges from burgundy to variegation with variety.

Alchemilla mollis

Alchemilla mollis - Lady’s Mantle

Prefers moist, rich soil, deciduous. Pleated gray-­green foliage with chartreuse flowers.


Arctostaphylos uva­ursi - Kinnikinnick

Evergreen. Tolerates full sun to afternoon shade. Requires little water and care once established. Pinkish­-white urn­-shaped flowers.

Asarum caudatum

Asarum caudatum - Wild Ginger

Prefers moist, humus rich soil. Heart­ shaped leaves.

Cornus Canadensis

Cornus Canadensis - Bunchberry

Prefers moist, acidic soil, slow growing and spreading, white flowers.

Cymbalaria muralis

Cymbalaria muralis - Kenilworth Ivy

Prefers moist, rich soil, semi-­evergreen. Dainty creeper.


Epimedium species

Semi­-evergreen to evergreen. Tolerates dry conditions but best with moderate water. Low maintenance. Flowers in spring.


Erodium - Alpine Geranium

Adds a beautiful detail to a site in need of a small scale ground cover. Members of the geranium family.


Galium odoratum

Galium odoratum - Sweet Woodruff

Prefers rich, moist soil, dense mats of green foliage, fragrant, white flowers.

Gaultheria procumbens

Gaultheria procumbens - Wintergreen

Evergreen. Slow growing. Glossy, oval leaves. White flowers followed by scarlet berries.

Gaultheria shallon

Gaultheria shallon - Salal

Evergreen. Native to Pacific NW. Tolerates sun, moist. Prefers acidic soil, excellent for covering large areas. Edible fruit.

leptinella Platts Black

Leptinella species - New Zealand Brass Buttons

Evergreen. Can tolerate sun, moderate foot traffic, tight growing ground cover.


Lysimachia nummularia

Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ - Golden Creeping Jenny

Prefers rich, moist soil, low and fast growing, moderate foot traffic, bright yellow flowers.

Corsican Mint

Mentha requienii -
Corsican Mint

Prefers moist, rich soil. Mint fragrance, forms tight green carpet, can take light foot traffic.

Myosotis sylvatica

Myosotis sylvatica varieties

Prefers average to moist well­-drained soil. Self sows, blue, white or rose flowers, grows easily and thickly.

Oxalis oregana

Oxalis oregana

Native to Oregon, prefers frequent watering, flowers in spring, sometimes again in fall, green, clover like leaves.

Pachysandra terminalis

Pachysandra terminalis - Japanese Spurge

Evergreen. Prefers moist, acidic soil, will cover an area rapidly. Dark, glossy foliage, blooms in spring, excellent under trees.

Phlox stolonifera

Phlox stolonifera - Creeping Phlox

Evergreen. Prefers rich, well drained, moist soils, slowly forms dense cover, blooms May-­June. Needs some direct sun.


Pratia - Star Creeper

Tolerant of heavy foot traffic, a great choice for pathways and between stepping stones. The seed pods attract birds and the plants make a good lawn substitute.


Saxifraga stolonifera

Saxifraga stolonifera

Evergreen. Prefers well drained, moist soil. Can take soil on the dryer side more than other species. Forms dense mat of glossy green foliage with scalloped edges. Flowers May-­June.

Sedum Ogon

Sedum makinioi ‘Ogon’

Evergreen. Prefers dry, well drained soil. Golden foliage.

Baby's Tears

Soleirolia soleirolii - Baby’s Tears

Prefers rich, moist, well drained soil. Vigorous, carpeting plant with tiny round leaves, can take moderate foot traffic.

Veronica repens ‘Sunshine’

Veronica repens ‘Sunshine’

Semi-­evergreen. Small, brilliant gold foliage, pale purple flowers. Part shade.


Vinca species

Evergreen. Rapidly spreading, excellent for erosion control. Foliage and flowers vary.


Viola species

Viola species

Prefers moist, well-­drained, humus-­rich soil. Foliage and flowers vary between species.