Ground cover plants are used to reduce the amount of erosion on slopes. They provide shade from sunlight and keep soil moist. Some of them grow up to 10 feet high and spread out over several acres. These plants make it possible for people to enjoy their gardens without having to dig trenches or mow grass. You will not have to do any work at all when planting these plants because they will naturally take care of themselves!
The following list contains some of the most common ground cover plants:
1. Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) – Red clover is one of the easiest to grow and requires no special care.
It grows well in almost any climate and thrives under dry conditions. If you live in a hot area, red clover would be a good choice since it does not need much water to thrive. It is also drought tolerant and can survive in areas with little rainfall.
2. Blue Flag Fern (Flammulina macrophylla) – Another easy to grow ground cover, blue flag fern can tolerate a wide range of soils and temperatures.
It prefers full sun but will grow well in partial shade as long as there is enough moisture around it. Its leaves are very attractive and attract butterflies which makes it even better than red clover!
3. English Ivy (Hedera helix) – This is a fast growing ground cover that can spread over an area of several feet in a single growing season.
It cannot tolerate hot weather and does not grow well in dry areas. It is found naturally in shaded, wet forests and can thrive in damp areas but will not grow if there is standing water around it. English Ivy is also a poisonous plant so make sure to keep dogs and other animals away from it!
Sources & references used in this article:
Landscaping ground cover by GC Suttle – US Patent 5,522,176, 1996 – Google Patents
Perennial ground covers by DS MacKenzie – 1997 – agris.fao.org
American plants for American gardens by N Taylor, GP DeWolf – 1987 – Houghton Mifflin
Using Evergreen Trees, Shrubs and Ground Covers to Add Year-Round Interest to Your Landscape by EA Roberts, E Rehmann – 2011 – books.google.com
Native Trees and Shrubs in Home Landscaping by TA Look – pdfs.semanticscholar.org
Effects of permanent ground cover on soil moisture in jujube orchards under sloping ground: A simulation study by GL Fleming – Aliso: A Journal of Systematic and …, 1950 – scholarship.claremont.edu