ground covers

Acaena microphylla -
New Zealand Burr

Semi­-evergreen. Tolerates light foot traffic. Round, serrated leaves. Slow grower, needs ample water. Sun/part shade.

Ajuga Bugleweed

Ajuga repens - Bugleweed

Semi­-evergreen. Moderate foot traffic. Sun to shade, relatively fast grower. Color of foliage ranges from burgundy to variegation depending on variety. Late spring bloom.


Anthemis mollis
Roman Chamomile

Evergreen. Tolerates light foot traffic. Forms soft textured mat. Light green, aromatic foliage with small yellow button flowers. Summer bloom.


Arctostaphylos uva­ursi - Kinnikinnick

Evergreen. Tolerates full sun to afternoon shade, requires little water and care once established.


Bellis nitidem - Miniature Daisy

Tolerates light foot traffic. Tiny daisy like flowers on wiry stem. Flowers cover small green mat in early spring, free flowering until first frost. Foliage dies back, but readily reseeds itself.


Ceanothus gloriosus - Point Reyes

Evergreen plant that can spread to 5 feet. Leaves are leathery, dark green with serrated edges and clusters of violet­-blue flowers. Late spring bloom. Drought­ tolerant.

Dwarf Plumbago

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides -
Dwarf Plumbago

Semi­-evergreen. Spreads rapidly by underground stems. Bronze/green foliage in spring, bronze/red in fall. Deep blue flowers bloom in summer and last until first frost.

Cotoneaster dammeri

Cotoneaster dammeri

Evergreen. Fast growing. Branches can spread up to 10 feet. Easy to maintain. Excellent for erosion control. White flowers in spring, showy red berries in winter.

Euonymous fortunei


An excellent option for rock gardens, parking strips, rock walls - evergreen, drought tolerant, low maintenance, and deer resistant.


Euonymous fortunei

Euonymous fortunei ‘Kewensis’

Evergreen. Light foot traffic. Green tiny leaves, nice trailing plant. Good for erosion control.

Fragaria chiloensis

Fragaria chiloensis -
Ornamental Strawberry

Dark green, glossy leaves take on red tints in winter. White flower in spring produces bright red berries in the fall. Forms low, compact mats.


Blue Star Creeper

Laurentia fluviatilis -
Blue Star Creeper

Star­-shaped, light blue flowers that can bloom throughout the spring and summer. Can take moderate foot traffic. Good around stepping stones.

Brass Buttons

Leptinella squalida - Brass Buttons

Evergreen. Can tolerate sun and moderate foot traffic. Tight growing ground cover with foliage that is soft and almost fern­like. Gray-­green in color, tinged with bronze in the fall. Flowers are small yellow buttons.


Corsican Mint

Mentha requienii -
Corsican Mint

Can tolerate light foot traffic. Prefers moist, rich soil. Mint fragrance. Forms tight green carpet. Tiny lavender flowers in summer. Perfect between stones.


Muehlenbeckia axillaris nana -
Creeping Wire Vine

Tiny, glossy, dark green leaves on wiry stems. Once established, prefers drought conditions. Great for rock gardens.


Potentilla verna

Potentilla verna

Can take moderate foot traffic. Fast spreading runners are covered with dark green leaves. Yellow flowers blanket plant in the early summer. Good for choking out weeds once established.

Sagina Moss

Sagina subulata - Irish Moss,
Sagina subulata ‘Aurea’ - Scotch Moss

Can take moderate foot traffic. Requires well draining soil and ample water. Partial shade in hot places. Dense, moss like tufts form a carpet of green or gold (Aurea).



Thymus species - Thyme

Evergreen. Foliage and flowers vary. Great cover for sunny, dry areas. Tolerates light foot traffic. Summer blooms.


Vinca species

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


Wild Strawberry

Waldsteinia fragarioides -
Wild Strawberry

Evergreen. Leaves are dark green forming a thick mat. Strawberry­-like flowers in spring. Slow grower.