10 rapid ground cover plants for instant yard beauty

Ground covers are essential in gardens, tackling weeds, erosion, and protecting nearby plants’ roots. They’re low-maintenance and often replace turf grass while adding beauty to your landscape. Here are some expert-recommended fast-growing options:

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  1. Creeping Thyme: Aromatic leaves forming dense mats, ideal for pathways or between stepping stones.
  2. Creeping Jenny: Low-growing perennial with heart-shaped leaves and small, bright yellow flowers.
  3. Irish Moss: Evergreen with moss-like foliage, producing tiny white star-shaped flowers in spring.
  4. Bugleweed: Glossy leaves and spikes of small, tubular flowers in various shades.
  5. Creeping Raspberry: Trailing stems rooting as they spread, with glossy dark green leaves and pink flowers turning raspberry red in autumn.
  6. Blue Daze: Beautiful blue flowers over a mat of small green leaves.
  7. Sweet Potato Vine: Fast-growing with colorful varieties, though deer are attracted to it.
  8. Wedelia: Small yellow flowers, spreading rapidly but classified as invasive in some regions.
  9. Asiatic Jasmine: Evergreen creating a dense mat, perfect for shaded areas.
  10. Creeping Phlox: Native perennial with clusters of dainty flowers blooming from spring to frost.

These ground covers thrive in various conditions, from full sun to partial shade, and require well-draining soil. They quickly fill in spaces, enhancing your landscape with minimal effort.

Re-reported the article originally published in martha stewart

10 rapid ground cover plants for instant yard beauty

Ground covers are essential in gardens, tackling weeds, erosion, and protecting nearby plants’ roots. They’re low-maintenance and often replace turf grass while adding beauty to your landscape. Here are some expert-recommended fast-growing options:

Image credit:DAVID & MICHA SHELDON / GETTY IMAGES
  1. Creeping Thyme: Aromatic leaves forming dense mats, ideal for pathways or between stepping stones.
  2. Creeping Jenny: Low-growing perennial with heart-shaped leaves and small, bright yellow flowers.
  3. Irish Moss: Evergreen with moss-like foliage, producing tiny white star-shaped flowers in spring.
  4. Bugleweed: Glossy leaves and spikes of small, tubular flowers in various shades.
  5. Creeping Raspberry: Trailing stems rooting as they spread, with glossy dark green leaves and pink flowers turning raspberry red in autumn.
  6. Blue Daze: Beautiful blue flowers over a mat of small green leaves.
  7. Sweet Potato Vine: Fast-growing with colorful varieties, though deer are attracted to it.
  8. Wedelia: Small yellow flowers, spreading rapidly but classified as invasive in some regions.
  9. Asiatic Jasmine: Evergreen creating a dense mat, perfect for shaded areas.
  10. Creeping Phlox: Native perennial with clusters of dainty flowers blooming from spring to frost.

These ground covers thrive in various conditions, from full sun to partial shade, and require well-draining soil. They quickly fill in spaces, enhancing your landscape with minimal effort.

Re-reported the article originally published in martha stewart