Types Of Ground Cover

Types Of Ground Cover

Ground cover plants are widely used by a lot of gardeners to fill on the bare areas in their gardens. There are different types of ground cover species can be chosen for specific requirements. Most ground cover plants have low heights and can spread rapidly to fill the gaps where grass is not available. Sometimes they are the only option for some specific needs such as slopes or shady places. In most cases, you should not walk them to prevent them from damaging. Also, they can be a good option to suppress the growth of weeds and prevent soil erosion.

There are variety types of ground cover plants you can choose from the nurseries. Recently ornamental grasses have been appraised by more gardeners due to its beautiful appearance and low maintenance requirement. They can act as a good alternative to the common lawn grass for some special areas like gravel gaps and inclined slopes. Some species can also produce different colors other than green for better decorative values. Also, most of them can resist the cold climate and can keep their colors in all year long.

Another popular ground cover types is the plants from the ivy family. Some people may thing they are a bit of invasive to a small garden. However, they are a good choice for large gardens if you want the bare ground can be quickly climbed by dense green plants. Ivy plants can spread quickly in all season including cold winter days, and they need very little care once well established. Ivy plants are also a good climber for nearly all building and trees. They slight invasiveness make other it hard for other plants to compete with them. In this case, they can effectively discourage the appearance of weeds.

The Ice plant is a family of plants which have been used for ground cover purposes for hundreds of years. They can grow thick foliage and color blossoms in warm season. Their various types will suit for different needs based on its sizes and colors. Some yellow versions of Ice plants are used beside highways as a green view for drivers. Many small ice plant species are chosen by gardeners to decorate their summer gardens in summer.

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